Tesla Launches Model S 70D – Eliminates Base 60 kWh Model S
The $75,000 Tesla Model S 70D is now the entry-level Tesla
It seems Tesla Motors is always tweaking its model lineup and making minor changes here and there to options, colors and so on. This latest change brings us a new model, while eliminating Tesla’s cheapest offering.
The new model, the Model S 70D, replaces the 60 kWh Model S. As the name implies, the 70D is a dual-motor AWD Model S that gets more range than the outgoing 60 kWh Model S. However, the price for entry jumps a bit from ~ $71,070 for the base 60 kWh Model S, to $75,000 for the dual-motor, all-new 70D.
What does that extra $4,000 get you? Well, how does 329 HP sound? Top speed of 140 ain’t shabby. 0 to 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds is certainly respectable. And an EPA-rated range of 240 miles sure sounds swell.
The 70D gets a few more options than the outgoing 60 kWh version too like:
- Supercharging as standard
- Keyless entry and navigation
- Autopilot hardware comes standard (enabling it will cost $2,000).
There is no tech package, but also three new colors have arrived: Warm Silver, Obsidian Black and Ocean Blue. (pictured below)
Orders for the 70D can be placed starting today. First deliveries will commence in the next month or two.
Full Tesla blog release on the 70D:
Introducing the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D
-The Tesla Motors Team April 8, 2015
Today, we are introducing the Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive electric car with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 250 mile range at 65 mph.
Even at a starting price of $75k, the Model S 70D offers a broad and compelling set of features. Moreover, when one factors in the cost advantages over an internal combustion engine vehicle, including fuel savings and incentives, the actual cost of owning Model S 70D comes to about $55k over five years (the average length of new car ownership).
In addition to having independently operational front and rear motors, the 70D includes Supercharging to enable free long-distance travel, Autopilot hardware, navigation, blind spot detection and many other features. As with every Model S, the 70D will receive free over-the-air updates that add functionality and improve the driving experience for years to come.
Starting today, you can also order any Models S in three new colors: Ocean Blue, Obsidian Black, and Warm Silver.