If recent reports from Asia are to be believed, even the new timeline might be conservative. According to the Taiwan Economic Daily, suppliers in the region have already been notified by Tesla to prepare for Model Y mass production. Additional information from Jin10, an investment website, have also published reports of early Model Y production.
The fact that Tesla has been able to push up the production timeline for the Model Y is not a huge surprise. The Model Y shares a large number of parts with its little sibling, the Model 3. The growing pains of ramping up production for the Model 3 have already been experienced, and those lessons learned will speed up production of the Model Y, making it much smoother and more efficient.
The Model Y is available for pre-order now, with prices starting at $66,390 for the Long Range version, up to $84,390 for the Performance version.