Tesla Offers Cheaper Model X 60D with Smaller Battery
200 Miles of Range, 325 lb-ft of Torque on Offer
Tesla Model X shoppers have one more option on the table starting today: the cheaper 60D trim level. With the bygone 70D replaced by the new 75D back in April, the 60D comes on as the lowest-priced Tesla Model X available.
As its name suggests, energy for the front and rear electric motors comes via a 60 kWh battery pack mounted in the Model X’s skateboard-style structure. Those electric motors produce a combined 328 hp and 325 lb-ft, which is less than what’s available on the 75D (328 hp and 387 lb-ft). Total driving range is estimated at 200 miles for the 60D, compared to 237 miles for the 75D.
However, also down is price. At $74,000 before federal and local tax incentives, the Model X 60D is $9,000 cheaper than the 75D, and it’s $41,500 less expensive than the range-topping P90D. Fitting the 60D with the towing package (and option-requisite Smart Air Suspension) raises the cash price to $77,250 and the towing capacity to 5,000 pounds on the standard wheels. Furthermore, a federal tax credit of $7,500 mitigates the sticker shock on all Tesla models, and residents of some states may be eligible for even greater tax savings.
While its reduced cost comes with some sacrifices (overall torque, driving range), it still comes with loads of Tesla-specific standard features, such as free, unlimited access to the Supercharger network. These high-speed chargers can restore about 170 miles of range in 30 minutes, which isn’t bad considering the owner isn’t paying for gas or charging anymore.
Of note, Tesla is reportedly developing a pickup based on its corporate architecture. Will that model also feature the smaller, cheaper battery pack?