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The Tesla Model X just got cheaper
Silicon Valley’s seven-seat, electric gullwing SUV has a new entry-level model
If the 762bhp, 3.2 second-to-sixty ‘Ludicrous’ equipped Tesla Model X was tempting but financially out of reach, there’s now a cheaper way to get one. Tesla has announced a new, lower-powered, more affordable option to the range.
It’s called the Tesla Model X ‘60D’, and weighs in at £64,100; by no means chump change, but it is £7,800 less than the current entry-level model, the Tesla Model X 75D.
In the new model, you lose 15kWh of battery oomph which shortens the range from 259 to 220 miles. Luckily, performance hasn’t differed from that model. Thanks to the four-wheel-drive system, 0-60mph is seen off in six seconds flat and you can hit 130mph flat-out. If you want to cut that 0-60mph in half and pulverise your innards in the process, you’ll need to spec the big dog P90D with Ludicrous mode for £30k more.
However, like its Model S 60D saloon sibling, you should be able to unlock extra go at a later date if you fancy. See, though badged as ‘60’ models, the cars are being built with Tesla’s 75kWh battery pack. An over-the-air software update downloaded by the car (Tesla isn’t saying when, or how much it could cost) will unlock the extra capacity, nudging range and performance up a notch.
Like all Model Xs, the 60D retains the fabulous ‘Falcon’ gullwing doors that make you the coolest – and most practical – person in the car park.
Sound tempting? You’ll have to wait until early next year for it to arrive on your driveway. In the meantime, see what TG TV’s Rory Reid made of the Model X when he took it for a spin in New York City…