Tesla Motors makes the Model X a little more accessible with a new entry-level variant

When the Tesla Model X first debuted officially, details and all, it wasn’t exactly priced for mass market, with debut model’s starting price beginning at $132,000 for the P90D, the top of the line model.

But that recently changed as Tesla Motors just introduced its entry-level Model X called the 70D, which starts at a much easier $80,000 to boot. As indicated by the model name, it features a 70 kWh battery rather than a 90 kWh version, capable of providing up to 220 miles on a single charge while sprinting to 60 in just six seconds. Just for comparative purposes, the 90 kWh model does that same sprint in just 4.8 seconds.

Tack on the options though, and the price quickly climbs faster than the battery depletes when driven like a bat out of hell. Want the optional six-seater package? You’ll need an extra $3,000 for that. Need one more seat for whatever reason? Bump that up to $4,000 instead.

And it just keeps on going. Want a more luxurious ride with adjustable air suspension? $2,500 please. Premium sound? Same price. Have a desire to┬átake advantage of Tesla’s latest Autopilot package? That too will be $2,500.

Tick all the options, and the Model X 70D will climb even closer to the P90D’s price, stamping the final invoice at around $100,000.

Though given the Model X’s intended market, Tesla’s reportedly prioritizing assembly for the P90D models, while the middling 90D and 70D versions are lower on the list, which is also exhibited by their availability dates. The 90D model won’t be landing in driveways until mid-2016 with the 70D following shortly after.

Nonetheless, if you want a Tesla Model X, you have options.

– By: Chris Chin

 


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