We’re seeing the upcoming Tesla Model Y on the road more and more these days as we swiftly approach its official unveiling. And while we know exactly what it’s going to look like on the outside and we’ve got a vague idea of what the interior will look like, we’re yet to see the third row of seating.
As I’m sure you know, the Model Y is said to comfortably seat 7 adults with its optional third row of seating. Tesla says the following on their website:
“Model Y provides maximum versatility—able to carry 7 passengers and their cargo. Each second row seat folds flat independently, creating flexible storage for skis, furniture, luggage and more. The liftgate opens to a low trunk floor that makes loading and unloading easy and quick.”
We now have images of the third row, which came from a Japanese blog, and they look smaller than we were expecting.
Leg room looks to be an issue for the collapsable third row of seating, and it’s making us wonder what size of adult this would comfortably work for. But the thing is, SUVs of the same segment also have a similar issue. It’s not until you reach the much larger cars such as the Audi Q7 that you tart getting adequate legroom for the rear seats. So with the Model Y having a very similar wheelbase to the Model 3, we can’t be surprised that this is the situation. As for headroom, the sloping roof line of the Y could also be a limiting factor.
It’s early days yet, and we don’t know anything about whether the second row of seating can be moved, so let’s try not to make assumptions. What we can assume is that shoulder space doesn’t seem to be an issue thanks to the room for cupholders in the centre. But I do feel as though describing these seats as adult size is a bit of a push.
Let us know your thoughts and if you’re disappointed with what you’re seeing. We are a tad, but will reserve our judgement for when the official car is revealed.