The new safety door latch on the Model Y (image: Ryan Shaw/YouTube)The Tesla Model Y’s specs fragmentation by factory and batch continues, with the latest example being the Giga Shanghai version that now ships with larger rear seat cushions. The September Model Y batches also add a new mechanical handle for door release in case of an emergency.
Tesla has apparently added a new emergency door release handle to Model Y batches made in September, as well as enlarged the rear cushions of the version made in its Gigafactory in Shanghai. The seat cushions saw a slight width increase with over an inch, while many fresh owners are finding the hidden space of the new mechanical door handle, which can be used if the electrical system and/or its battery, die out.
Tesla keeps fragmenting its vehicles by factories, with the Giga Shanghai batches usually getting the new stuff first. Back in August, the made-in-China Model Y got one new airbag meant for extra protection of the front occupants in the event of a side collision by enveloping the driver together with the airbag on the left side of their seat, the curtain airbag, and the front airbag located in the wheel.
The Model Y that recently earned the Euro NCAP crash test safety award with “a truly outstanding, record-breaking rating” was equipped with precisely such a far-side airbag, for example, while the US-made vehicles didn’t have it but had extra knee airbags instead. Another fragmentation example are BYD’s safer blade batteries that have reportedly been shipped for installation in Model Y batches made in Tesla’s new Gigafactory near Berlin. Moreover, several new multilayer colors would be exclusive to the Model Ys from Giga Berlin as well.
It is not yet clear if all new Tesla Model Y units will be getting the larger rear seat cushions or these will be exclusive to China models for some reason, but if history is any indication, eventually every Model Y will start shipping with the new emergency door release handle and plushier cushions, regardless of its factory origin.
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Giga Shanghai Model Y batches now offer extra cushion space (image: Chris Zheng)
Daniel Zlatev – Tech Writer – 424 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
Wooed by tech since the industrial espionage of Apple computers and the times of pixelized Nintendos, Daniel went and opened a gaming club when personal computers and consoles were still an expensive rarity. Nowadays, fascination is not with specs and speed but rather the lifestyle that computers in our pocket, house, and car have shoehorned us in, from the infinite scroll and the privacy hazards to authenticating every bit and move of our existence.
Daniel Zlatev, 2022-10-17 (Update: 2022-10-17)