Tesla Introduces Model X In 75 kWh Version (75D) As Public Design Studio Goes Live

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Tesla Model X 75D Option Debuts Along With Public Design Sutdio

Tesla Model X 75D Option Debuts Along With Public Design Sutdio

Today, Tesla released the much anticipated design studio to the public, and also had a special bonus to announce at the same time.

Base Model X Gets A Bump To 237 Miles Of Range

Base Model X Gets A Bump To 237 Miles Of Range

A Model X 75D!

Previously, the Model X was available to early deposit reservists in a 70 and 90 kWh version only.  However the 70D has now been removed in favor of 5 more kWh.

As for the effect on the base Model X range?  It gets a bump from 220 miles to 237 miles.  One curious note on the 75D is that it has a lower reported top speed of 130 mph (vs 140 mph in the past).

We also note that the 75D isn’t a free upgrade, the base price of the Model X has increased from $80,000 to $83,000.

With the bump in entry level performance, the rumor that a new 100 kWh battery is coming shortly for both the Model X and Model S is looking better everyday.  After all, the 90D now only offers an extra 20 miles of range (vs 37 miles yesterday on the 70D)  for some $10,000+ more of an investment.

Tesla Model X Specs

Tesla Model X Specs

As an additional note, the 5 -seat interior is included in the base price, with the 6/7 seat configurations an option.

5 Seats Standard

5 Seats Standard

Hat tip to Big Solar!

 

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41 responses to "Tesla Introduces Model X In 75 kWh Version (75D) As Public Design Studio Goes Live"

  1. ClarksonCote says:

    I wonder how long it will take them to increase the base price of a Model 3 using similar justification?

    They did it on the Model S, though not nearly as quickly as they did now with the Model X, IIRC.

    1. TomArt says:

      No need – these bumps to the X (and most likely the S very soon) are necessary to justify the price premium over the Model 3 and its derivatives – if you can have a 215+ mile EV for as little as $35k before incentives, then it is hard to justify the base Model S at exactly twice the price with only 230 or so miles EPA.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        I hope that’s the rationale. I don’t want to see a price increase for the Model 3 base, and based on past history I fear that will happen.

        1. ENrgStar says:

          Based on past Tesla experience you’d be absolutely right to assume a base price increase. Between the elimination of the 40kWh battery to this most recent increase, it is totally within Tesla’s MO to do this.

          That being said… none of their other cars have been built on the platform of “This is a $35,000 car” so they may take a different tactic, say, stripping all but the most bare-bones features from the car, a la the base Audi A3 and A4, before risking raising the price, and the ire of the media and fans.

          6-12 months in after release though? Yea, theres gonna be some price increases.

    2. Rob Stark says:

      Tesla promised an X with less than 10% price premium over comparably equipped X. And it continues to deliver on that promise.

      For Model S Tesla promised a price of $50k after Federal tax credit. It never promised a base EPA mile range.It delivered but less than 3% of people opted for the Model S 40 so it was discontinued.

      For Model 3 Tesla has promised a 215 mile EPA range for $35k. My guess is 12-18 months after first mass deliveries there will be a price increase. Without one it is effectively a price decrease due to inflation.

      If you want a Model 3 for the lowest price possible you should already have a reservation.

  2. TomArt says:

    Looks like the new standard in premium EVs will be set at 75 and 100 well before Model 3 deliveries begin…that makes sense, and is not unexpected.

  3. Mark C says:

    And this is the concern I have over the Model 3. An increase of standard content and price that could price me out of the market. Sorta’ like the Model S 40 that, IIRC, never made it to market, effectively raising the basic price {and specs} substantially.

    1. Daniel Zorrilla says:

      Put your deposit down, and you shouldn’t have an issue. Tesla honored the S40 sales price and sold those people de-tuned 60’s.

    2. jelloslug says:

      The 40 went away because nobody wanted it. There will be lots and lots of people just happy with the $35k version of the Model 3. I personally think that a little while after the Model 3 comes out Tesla may make a version with a few standard options just to drop the price a bit more.

    3. Tech01x says:

      Nah… there is a lot of interest in the $35k base version of the Model 3. There really wasn’t much of an interest back then for the 40 kWh Model S. Remember, that version, if they made it, wouldn’t be able to Supercharge.

      1. TomArt says:

        Exactly, and it only had 160 miles EPA range – it was a lot at the time, but did not justify the price for many people – they upgraded or waited.

    4. TomArt says:

      They can’t afford to do that. They might add standard features (there is already an impressive array of standard features at that price point), but the base price cannot change. They have stuck to it for a very long time, and they cannot afford the image dive to renege now, this close to production.

  4. sven says:

    “Safety”
    “Upto four Latch child seat attachments.”

    I’m still puzzled why Tesla doesn’t allow you to put a child seat in the second row middle seat, arguably the safest place in a car to to put a child seat. If you have only one child seat, you’d want to use the second-row middle seat as it is further away from the impact zone in a t-bone collision.

    1. David S. says:

      If there are four LATCH anchors in the second row, can’t you use the two middle ones?
      Can’t you secure the child seat with a seat belt?

      1. sven says:

        No, it’s “up to” 4 seats that have LATCH childseat attachments, meaning the second row middle seat is the only one in the second row and optional third row that doesn’t have LATCH attachments. If you order a Model X without the optional third row, then you have only two seats with LATCH childseat attachments.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          “…meaning the second row middle seat is the only one in the second row…”

          Well, that doesn’t match what I’ve read elsewhere, which is that the outer two seats in the 2nd row have child safety seat latch attachments, and the middle seat in that row is missing those.

          That would certainly make more sense. Why would Tesla aim the Model X specifically at moms who want to put a child seat in the back, and offer the large opening offered by the falcon wing doors to assist with that, then not allow Mom to put the child seat into the seat nearest the door?

          Of course, that doesn’t “prove” you’re wrong, sven, but I really don’t think you’ve got it right.

          What *I* don’t understand is why Tesla wouldn’t put the latches in the middle seat, too. Makes no sense to me.

      2. Mr. M says:

        Yes, seatbelt should be fine…

  5. Mike I says:

    I just went to the configurator and it says Model X 75D is available for June delivery and 90D and P90D is available for May delivery. That sound awfully soon for a new order placed today. I am a Tesla fan, but this sounds to me like a lot of the reservation backlog is clearing out. Either Tesla is planning on producing and delivering faster than expected or many of the reservation holders have dropped out.

    1. TomArt says:

      My guess for the 75D delay is that they haven’t started the 70Ds yet, and at this point, none will be manufactured. They will be 75s once they finish the backlog of 90Ds.

      Not sure what they’ll do for those that configured a 70D – might do a software-limited 75D like they did for the few S40s (limited S60s).

      1. Andrei says:

        A 70kwh Model X could exist? if someone order it before tesla open the configurateur to everyone! this could make the car even more exclusive then the P40 (performance 40kwh limited Model S)

    2. TomArt says:

      Agreed – however, if you’re in the US, then they might have cleared out the US backlog, but they haven’t filled all the international orders or RHD markets yet, as far as I know.

  6. Lunguuks says:

    They will keep the 35 000 mark for the 3 as it’s promised very clearly. What they can do is to rip it as clean as it gets, still autopilot safety features are promised standard. The only real things standard for S, what they can take off for model 3 are free connectivity and SC enabled. Maybe cheaper headlights, wheels smaller for sure, maybe front seat heating…, less warranty standard? The main driver fro higher price shall be much later delivery for base models, loosing the 7500 incentive with it.

    1. TomArt says:

      They do not need to get that desperate – they already said that the autopilot hardware is standard, and that the safety features based on that hardware will also be standard (no activation fee).

      What they can do is have normal door handles (retractable as part of a premium package), fewer, cheaper battery cells (thanks to smaller size and gigafactory production), more steel than aluminum, RWD standard (AWD optional), etc., etc., etc.

      Look what they did with the Model X – made the 3rd row seats + 3rd row HVAC as an upgrade package, not standard. There are a lot of things they can do here and there to shave off costs without crippling the base model.

      Also, bear in mind that you have to have a business model in place – you have to have planned, a very long time ago, the ranges of costs for each feature, what you are going to accept, etc., and then set a target base price based on those cost estimates, which generally need to be fairly conservative if you actually want a chance in hell of meeting your goals.

      If Musk said two years ago that it would be $35k before incentives, and he said again two weeks ago that it will be $35k before incentives, then it will be $35k before incentives. Period. Chill out.

      If anything, when you look at the 3.5 years of Model S production, the price has gone up, but the value has gone up more than the price because of all the additional features that have now been made standard.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        TomArt said:

        “If Musk said two years ago that it would be $35k before incentives, and he said again two weeks ago that it will be $35k before incentives, then it will be $35k before incentives. Period. Chill out.”

        Right. The Models S and X were not targeted to a specific price; they were targeted to certain standards of performance and luxury… er, “premium”… features. Contrariwise, the Model ≡ is targeted at a base price of $35k. That’s what the car is being designed for.

        The only way the base $35k trim is going to be cancelled is if almost nobody orders it… which is why the Model S40 was cancelled.

        Given all the posts on the subject, I think it’s safe to say that a lot of people are going to be going for a lower trim on the Model ≡. And I’m pretty sure Tesla is well aware of that fact. They are also aware that if they don’t deliver on the oft-repeated promise of a $35k base model, they’re gonna lose a lot of customers.

        Now, none of this “proves” that Tesla absolutely will deliver a $35k Model ≡ that you can actually buy. But it does mean that Tesla is rather unlikely to cancel that trim level.

  7. Andrei says:

    so … a 70kwh model x could exist? if someone order it before tesla open the configurateur to everyone! this could make the car even more exclusive then the P40 (performance 40kwh limited Model S).

    1. TomArt says:

      not sure whether to laugh or not…are you aware that there was no P40…no P60, either…in fact, there were no 40kWh packs built…the S40s that were sold were 60kWh packs that were software-limited to perform as if there were only 40kWh unless the owner pays the upgrade fee to unlock the full potential.

      And, I don’t know if any X70Ds have been produced – given the announcement so close to the release, I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be no X70Ds…only X75D.

  8. MTN Ranger says:

    “Now with non-collapsing third row!”

  9. AtlantaCourier says:

    The configurator specifies May delivery for both the 90D and P90D, and June delivery for the 75D.

    My question is this:

    With a little over 2400 Model X’s delivered so far, and a backlog of over 30,000 still on the books, how is it that people ordering today can get their X in less than 2 months when the production rate is around 750 units a week? Doesn’t that mean they’ll get their Model X before someone who ordered years ago?

    1. Speculawyer says:

      I suspect that backlog of Model X orders has shrunk significantly. A lot of people probably got tired of waiting and canceled or bought a Model S instead.

      1. TomArt says:

        Remember that the backlog was global – I don’t know if they’ve even started producing RHD models yet, must less have caught up to the rest of the international reservation list.

        These are the US configurator for US deliveries.

  10. Anderlan says:

    $600/kwhr (that is, $80k -> $83k, 70kwhr -> 75kwhr) is kind of steep considering we’re moving to $200/kwhr (or have we passed it?) wholesale.

    1. Anthony says:

      Options on cars generally have 100% markup (actual cost $1500, price to customer: $3000).

  11. Speculawyer says:

    Kinda weird that only 5 seats is standard. I have never seen the Model X in a 5 seat arrangement before.

    But I guess that makes sense. Can people add more seats later?

    1. mr. M says:

      sure, as long as you are not driving.

      Something like this?

    2. TomArt says:

      It might be possible, but unlikely – the seat upgrade is not just seats, but also the 3rd row HVAC (ducts, vents, etc.). I would presume that the 3rd row would have to be added at the time of manufacture.

  12. ffbj says:

    Donde esta? PUPM..aka:Lensman

    1. sven says:

      No longer on Tesla’s payroll? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I’ve been busy! 🙂

      Besides, I think it’s pretty clear the anti-Tesla bashers don’t need anybody to point out their fallacies anymore. They’ve become like someone trying to stop a river from flowing by swimming against the current!

  13. ffbj says:

    Activate autopilot 4 times in quick succession for psychedelic road.

  14. Bill Howland says:

    I find it interesting that now, the S and X have identical charging. 48 amps standard and 72 for $1500 more.

    Apparently, no 80 amps for new Tesla buyers, and the only way you can get there is to upgrade a 40 amp model which they used to make.

    So it seems they are trying to standardize parts, normally considered a good thing.

    I was also pleasantly surprised at the relatively low cost of a basic X. But it does appear to be more than 110% of the price of a basic S.

  15. TomArt says:

    It is now because of the 75kWh pack. The X70D was $5k more than the S70D. Now it’s $8k more (USD).

    Also, the base Model S has a RWD option (S70, no D). The X does not.

    The markup Musk promised was for a comparably-equipped model.