This morning, Tesla Motors announced a new model for its Tesla Model S lineup, the new Tesla Model S 70D. The Tesla 70d will start at $75,000.
The former Tesla Model S 60 is out, and the new Tesla Model S 70D is in, a new base model for the lineup, the new sedan featuring even better performance than the outgoing 60 kWh model. As the model name suggests, the Tesla 70D is equipped with a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and features a dual-motor setup for all-wheel drive safety and performance, and can accelerate from zero to sixty in just 5.2 seconds. The car is fitted standard with Supercharger compatibility, and has an estimated range of 240 miles, still well over most driver’s daily mileage.
The new Tesla 70D also comes standard with Tesla satellite navigation, including a revised Trip Planner function, which routes drivers within range of Supercharger and other charging stations. Lane monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, and parking assistance is made possible by standard Tesla Autopilot hardware. While enabled in a limited manner right now, it will most likely be fully-enabled with OTA software updates in the future, allowing for autonomous driving in some circumstances, perhaps something like autonomous highway cruise control.
Until the Tesla Model X and Tesla Model III come out, the current Tesla Motors lineup now spans from the Tesla Model S 70D, at $75,000, to the Tesla Model S P85D, up to $130,000 after ticking all the boxes. In between, the rear-wheel drive Tesla Model S 85 and all-wheel drive Tesla Model S 85D are still available, which means that buyers have quite the range to choose from. Personally, I can’t wait to see the Tesla Model III, and I wonder if it’s going to have all-wheel drive as an option.