Elon Musk has shared some updated info about the timeline for the seven-seat version of the Model Y, Tesla's more affordable electric SUV. The Model Y began deliveries to customers in March of this year in the U.S., but Musk said in June that he anticipated the company would start shipping seven-seat variants of the vehicle by sometime in the fourth quarter of this year.
A seven-seater Model Y would up the total passenger capacity of the vehicle by two, and we've known that it supports such a configuration ever since its official unveiling in 2019. The seven-seat version will include a third row, though it isn't yet entirely clear what that will look like in the vehicle. The larger Model X offers a third row, but there's less space to work with in the Model Y. There's also a seven-seat Model S design for the Plaid variant that Tesla showed off last year.
Still, additional seats could be a key addition for anyone looking for a premium, but lower-priced SUV that can handle the whole family -- including a couple of young kids. And if production sticks to Musk's timeline, it won't be long before we start to see the seven-seat version of the Model Y on roads. Typically, his timing projections have been overly optimistic, but the Model Y actually started being delivered earlier than anticipated, so maybe these dates will stick.