Earlier this month Tesla officially registered the Model Y with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The move put Tesla one step closer to finally beginning production of the Model Y at Giga Shanghai, which could happen before the end of the year.
As production nears, a camouflaged test vehicle has been recently spotted on the roads near the factory giving us a glimpse at some possible new features.
We take a closer look at the #MICModelY 🚗as it appears on a road test near the Shanghai factory.The camouflaged Model Y is wrapped around the outside and the car’s interior looks camouflaged as well. What’s the difference between the MIC 🇨🇳🚗version and the US🇺🇸🚗 version, folks pic.twitter.com/yR8JzmPtiu
— 乌瓦 (@bentv_sh) November 24, 2020
Spotted by the popular YouTube channel WU WA, the camouflaged exterior doesn’t appear to reveal any new features. We even get to see the 20” Induction wheels have remained on this test vehicle thanks to some vinyl wrap that hasn’t been able to withstand the testing.
But taking a closer look at the inside of this Model Y, it appears the made-in-China version may have a new dashboard.
Zooming in, we can see what appears to be a large curved, raised area behind the steering of this Model Y, where typically the minimalistic dash is completely flat. Could this be a new display for behind the steering wheel, similar to the current Model S and Model X dashboards? There also appears to be a bulkier area behind the main 15-inch center display.
What do you think we’re looking at, a new dash and display for the made-in-China Model Y, or just a pre-production vehicle with extra test equipment installed on the dash?
Let us know in the comments below.