Tesla is working hard to reduce the entry price required to get into one of its cars, and while the Model S is its big push into the more affordable car arena, it is also seeking to make its premium cars a bit more easy on the wallet.
As part of that strategy, it has announced that a new version of the Model X SUV is now available to order. Costing $74,000 before any optional extras are added, the Model X 60D is still far from cheap. In fact, with additional packages on top, the 60D can still top $100,000.
Anyone looking to get their hands on a Model X 60D will receive a car that is essentially the same as the car that was previously the cheapest model, the 75D. The car’s electric engine can propel it to 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds, and it has a top speed of 130 miles per hour just like the 75D, which means that the key differentiator here is range. As anyone familiar with Tesla’s naming convention will know, the 60 part of the 60D’s name is a reference to its battery capacity – 60 kWh.
The reduction from the 75D’s 75 kWh battery means an obvious reduction in range, which is exactly what you would expect, given Tesla’s decision to keep performance the same.
The reduction in range, down from 237 miles to 200 miles, isn’t a huge one, though, so if you can live with the smaller battery capacity, the 60D may be a good choice.
As all of Tesla’s Model X cars ship with the same physical battery unit, however, it’s possible users will be able to unlock additional range at a later date, for a fee. In fact, many of Tesla’s features such as Autopilot can be added as extras after purchase, so bear that in mind when speccing out your new car.