The upcoming electric SUV is underpinned by the same platform at the Model 3 sedan, and starts from $51,990 across the Pacific.

The Tesla Model Y SUV is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms during late 2021 or early 2022, according to several employees of the electric vehicle manufacturer.

Exact timing will not be officially confirmed – even to staff – until the vehicle appears on Tesla’s online configurator. However, CarAdvice understands local service centres are operating under instruction delivery is likely within six to nine months.

The Tesla Model Y – which is already on sale in the US – is underpinned by the same architecture as the Model 3 sedan. Largely mirroring its smaller stablemate, the upcoming SUV will be offered in Long Range and flagship Performance guise.

Both variants feature dual electric motors and all-wheel drive. The former will reach 60mph (97km/h) from a standstill in a claimed 4.8 seconds, while the latter sees that figure fall to a supercar-rivalling 3.5 seconds.

Range according to the US’ EPA test cycle is quoted at 525km and 488km respectively.

Until recently, an entry-level Standard Range variant was offered, deriving power from a single electric motor on the rear axle. This allowed the benchmark 0-100km/h to be completed in a claimed 5.5 seconds, onto an electronically-limited top speed of 217km/h. Range was quoted at 393km on the EPA cycle.

In the US the Model Y starts from US$51,990 (AU$67,000) before government subsidies are applied, while the equivalent Model 3 is priced at $44,690 (AU$57,600) – this equates to an approximately 16.3 per cent difference between the sedan and SUV variants.

Assuming a similar pricing structure is applied Down Under, expect the high-rider to start from just under $75,000 before on-road costs.