Looking for an affordable way to own the latest ‘must-have’ Tesla but can’t wait for the Model 3, set to be launched next year? Putting the now-getting-on Model S to one side for a moment, you can now buy a Model X 60D for £64,100.
In a short message sent out to the media this morning, Tesla revealed that its all-electric SUV is now available for around £8,000 less than the previous entry-level model. It comes after Tesla boss Elon Musk teased his ‘top secret masterplan’, expected to be revealed later in the week.
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So how does the 60D differ from the full-fat models? You get the same powertrain but a smaller battery. That means it’ll still hit 0-60mph in 6.0 seconds flat, and it can reach the dizzying heights of 130mph. But the official estimated range is just 220 miles – that’s 39 miles less than the £71,900 Model X 75D and 83 miles less than the £82,400 90D.
There’s some debate around whether it actually is a smaller battery, or just a software update to limit the range and give Tesla a reason to offer the Model X for less money. Whatever the truth, it means you can buy a Model X SUV for the same price as a ‘twin-engine’ Volvo XC90 T8 hybrid.
In a statement, Tesla said: “Following on the success of Model S 60 and 60D, and in order to bring the benefits of Tesla ownership to even more people, today we’re introducing Model X 60D at a starting price of £64,100 – giving customers the flexibility to choose the Tesla model, price point and range that best fits their lifestyle.
“Our versatile product platform and efficient manufacturing processes make it possible to seamlessly extend these types of compelling offerings to customers.”
The announcement will add fire to speculation that Tesla is struggling to sell cars as hype around the brand dies down and quality issues emerge.