Tesla Replaces Entry-Level Model S With $75,000 Model S 70D, Boasting 240-Mile Range

April 8, 2015

Last October, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk unveiled "The D" -- a performance package for the company's Model S sedan. As of this morning, Green Car Reports says that a $75,000 D-enhanced version of the Model S has officially become Tesla's entry-level car.

You might not think that "$75,000" and "entry-level" belong in the same sentence, but for electric car fans with the necessary cash, it's actually a pretty good deal -- and a pretty smart move for Tesla.

The base Model S 60 was already priced around $70,000, and it wasn't an especially strong seller. Though its 208-mile range was impressive compared to most electric cars, the majority of Tesla shoppers opted to shell out for pricier models, which come with added range.

For the extra $5,000, owners now get the D performance package, which adds a motor to power the car's front wheels, allowing the Model S 70D to slip from rear-wheel-drive to all-wheel-drive in the blink of an eye. That improves efficiency and range, giving the sedan an EPA-rated range of 240 miles (though the Tesla blog claims 250). It also whittles away at the car's 0-60 time, which now rests at 5.2 seconds.

Those improvements alone are worth the price jump. Shoppers who bought the outgoing S 60 could add the D package to their car, but it raised the total price above the $75,000 mark.

But wait, there's more: the Model S 70D also comes with access to Tesla's supercharging network, which was previously a $2,000 add-on. And like all "D" models, the S 70D will offer a range of autonomous-driving features. As we explained last fall:
"A network of sensors keep the Model S in its lane and adjust the vehicle's speed by scanning signs for the posted speed limit. The D's cameras let the Model S park itself, change lanes while the vehicle's in traffic, and detect pedestrians. The D upgrade also provides automatic braking -- not just in case of emergencies, but under normal driving conditions, too."

And just for kicks, in announcing the Model S 70D, Tesla also revealed three new paint colors: Warm Silver, Ocean Blue, and Obsidian Black. 

For many more details, read the full story at Green Car Reports.


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