Tesla Model Y history of changes by year

Last updated 15-Sep-2022

Over the years Tesla have made numerous changes to the car design and model line-up. We've tried to capture the history of each of the key hardware changes and model updates and in which year they occurred. The exact date is of little benefit as the transition is often blurred with cars appearing in different parts of the world with different specifications, for instance the 82kwh Long Range battery fitted to the Model 3 has varied by factory and country the cars have been delivered to.

The following is a list of the main changes we can find. We are sure there are some changes we may have missed, either due to small production numbers or country specific (Canada for instance had a compliance version of the Model 3) but feel free to email us with any significant errors and we'll happily take a look and see if we agree. We're also only recording the history of when features actually arrive, not when they are announced or promised.

We also have a list of the Tesla software release notes over the last few years, with the ability to filter by subject area to see how it has evolved.


Model Y

2020 MY

Model Y starts shipping in the US

2020 MY

Heat pump introduced on MY offering more efficient in car heating.

2020 MS MX M3 MY

A new suspected deep sleep mode to preserve battery life when the car is being left (SW 2020.12.5)

2020 MS MX M3 MY

Side cameras when in reverse (SW 2020.26). The side cameras now appear beneath the rear camera when selecting reverse. These cameras point backwards and not down so they do not operate as a surround view type camera setup.

2020 M3 MY

Wireless phone charger added together with USB C in the rear.

2020 MY

Acceleration boost made available reducing 0-60 from 4.8 to 4.3 seconds, very similar to the M3 Performance Boost that has been available for the LR for some time

2020 MS MX M3 MY

Improved security with the introduction of multi factor authentication

2020 MS MX M3 MY

Boombox feature added (the car needs to have the external speaker) and other tweaks as part of the end of year release.

2020 MY

Model Y updates for 2021 model year include heated steering wheel, dimming side mirrors, matrix headlights, double paned glass and some cosmetic touches. Few cars where built before these changes.

2021 MY

Rear seat option introduced together with sliding second row. Heated steering wheel announced.

2021 MY

Tesla fit and start to use the interior, driver facing camera (the cameras are thought to have been fitted for about a year but previously not used). Possibly also applies to the M3, but not the pre 2021 facelift MS and MX.

2021 M3 MY

Tesla remove the radar from Fremont production built for the North America market from May claiming they can move to a pure vision based system. Short term, some basic features such as Smart Summon and Emergency Lane Departure warnings may be disabled and some other features may have reduced performance or operating ranges.

2021 MY

HEPA filter now being fitted.

2021 MS MX M3 MY

Subscription version of FSD now announced in the US. Up to date info can be found on our FSD FAQ

2021 MS MX M3 MY

Tesla introduce driver testing before allowing the deployment of the latest version of FSD.

2021 MY

Rear lights changed in Europe to include 2 reversing lights, one combined with a fog light

2021 M3 MY

A switch to hairpin windings on the motors. There is no clear cut over as deliveries in Q4 have a mixture of old and new motors. A new performance motor is also being introduced although probably not until 2022.

2021 MS MX M3 MY

Supercharging network being trialled in some countries with other makes of car.

2021 M3 MY

A number of small changes including a new low voltage battery, more laminated rear glass although it's unclear if this is for sound insulation or safety, and a number of small tweaks to sensors and ancilliary devices as a result of the new low voltage battery. One speaker was also removed as part of the updates

2021 M3 MY

MCU3 based on the AMD Ryzen chipset first seen in the 2021 MS and MX have started to be appear in cars, initially for the China market but becoming more widespread with 2022 vin cars made in Fremont. China production also seem to be appearing with the Ryzen processor. The low voltage battery seems to be rolling out at the same time and may be linked.

2021 M3 MY

Lumbar adjustment removed from passengers seat

2022 M3 MY

A heated area of the windscreen to defrost the wipers. This is similar to the heated areas as part of the cold weather pack on the Model S and Model X.

2022 MY

Rear parcel being added to the car according to the user manual. First appearance is on cars for China market and Berlin production.

2022 MY

Texas Model Y production using the 4680 batteries begins with deliveries starting March 2022. This is believed to be a structural battery pack.

2022 MY

A Model Y All Wheel Drive is being selectively offered to people close to the Texas factory. 270 mile range, 5s (although may be 4.8s depending where you look) to 60mph and assumed to be 4680 cells. This now also has the option for an acceleration boost to drop the 0-60 time to 4.2s

2022 MY

Berlin Model Y Performance production using the same battery as seen in the China built Model Y

2022 MY

Centre airbag has been added to the car plus extra rubber strips around the trunk lid

2022 MY

Berlin starts to make Long Range AWD models and not just Performance models

2022 MY

The technical manuals and user experience suggests the Model Y suspension has been softened slightly mid year. User experience also reports the car seems to lean more in corners which would be an understandable consequence, but may make the car feel like it's handling has got worse.

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