Just as it did recently with the Model S, Tesla just took its Model X SUV in for a battery and price haircut, resulting in a new base model.
The automaker’s website now shows the availability of a 60D version of the all-wheel-drive utility, meaning a 60 kilowatt battery and an EPA estimated 200 miles of range. The battery shrinkage makes the new model the shortest-ranged Tesla in the stable, but it also undercuts the price of the formerly base 75D by $9,000.Â
$76,500 (minus a $7,500 federal tax credit) is steep for any non-military vehicle, however,Â like the Model S 60,Â the slightly lower price broadens the pool of potential customers for Tesla’s flagship.
The smaller battery means less low-end grunt, though Tesla claims the Model X 60D will still match the 75D’s six second 0â€“60 mile per hour time. That’s with 325 pounds-fee of torque on tap, instead of the 75D’s 387 lb-ft. Top speed is listed as 140 mph.
As with all Model X variants, the 60D comes with seating for five and a long list of optionsÂ â€” including AutopilotÂ â€” for those wanting to boost the comfort level (and price).
The automaker hasn’t said if extra battery capacity can be unlocked for a fee, which was an option available to Model S 70 owners.[Image: Tesla Motors]