$80,000 = Tesla Model X 70D Base Price (+ More Details)

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

Nearly two months ago, a potential Tesla Model X customer (@Chargingtimes) tweeted Elon (while Elon was engaging in a tweetstorm regarding Model X matter) to ask if and when a lower-range, lower-cost Model X would be available. Elon responded: “something like a 70, but probably around 12 months from now.”

Not long after that, Elon noted while speaking at the Vanity Fair Summit, “We’ll have a more-affordable version out next year that will start at around $75,000 before incentives, about $65,000 after.” That surprised me, as I was expecting the starting price to be $80,000 based on previous comments from Elon.

As it turns out, the starting price of the base, 70D Model X is $80,000.

Yesterday, Tesla started sending out emails to “production Model X” reservation holders. Bonnie Norman kindly shared screenshots of the ordering page and options. Here they are (followed by comments noting some of the key pieces of news):


Some key points of note:

  • the production Model X has a 5-seat option for more cargo space (even though the back row in the 6-seat and 7-seat options can be folded down
  • you actually have to pay more for a 6th ($3,000) or 7th ($1,000 — or $4,000 more than the 5-seat default option) seat
  • various features (that I love) on the unveiled Founder & Signature Model X trims come as part of a $4,500 “Premium Upgrade Package” on the production Model X — the HEPA-quality air filter, the self-presenting driver’s door that opens automatically for the Bond wannabe, the ventilated front seats, and plenty more
  • the EPA-provided range of the Model X 70D is 220 miles, vs 257 for the 90D and 250 for the P90D
  • the 0–60 mph time is 6 second flat (not too shabby for an SUV!)
  • forum user “BrettH” also caught that the delivery estimates are different for the different trims: early 2016 for the P90D, mid 2016 for the 90D, and mid to late 2016 for the 70D (which makes plenty of sense, of course).
  • Via “flar,” base price of the 90D = $95,500 and includes air suspension, while base price of the P90D = $115,500 and includes air suspension and active spoiler. (And active spoiler is not available on anything below the P90D.)
  • Via “CurrentRide,” if you care much about the wheels, “4 different wheel options, with a 20″ helix wheel being a $2500 option, and silver or ‘carbon’ turbine wheels $4500.”

Anybody ready to join the production reservation queue and start configuring your Model X?!

Oh, lastly, via “engle,” here’s a full screenshot of the options you can put on the Model X P90D:

Production X Configuration Has Begun! - Page 7

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12 thoughts on “$80,000 = Tesla Model X 70D Base Price (+ More Details)

  • Very interesting stuff. I’m bummed that the Hepa filtration is an add-on. Glad there’s a 5 seater option, confused as to why there’s a 6 seater option. While there’s an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on the battery, the car itself only has a 4 year warranty. Can’t wait for the Model 3…or at least the reveal so we can see what that thing can do.

    • Yeah, I’m a bit apprised by done of this too…

      And why is autopilot an option?!?! Who gets a Tesla without autopilot when you have the option?!?!?

      • I’m going to try and edit/translate your first line, let me guess.

        “Yeah, I’m a bit SURPRISED by SOME of this too…”

        Did I get it right ? 🙂 🙂

        • Oh man, that was bad – That’s what I get for replying on my phone.

          Yes, you got it! Thank you!

  • I am waiting for chinese tow-bar for 45 dollars and hack services on firmware installing autopilot for 200. :). come on, 725 dollars for towbar!!! Aand 2500 for audio, no way.

  • Likely Tesla model line up, ignoring performance versions, at
    launch of Model 3 on the basis a Tesla battery appears to weigh 6.5kg for each
    additional kW.h (or loss of a kW.h). Assumes some drivetrain efficiency
    improvements for the Model 3 as promised by Elon.

    90D 70D 50D
    2470 kg 2340 kg
    257 miles 220 miles
    MS (base case)
    2220 kg 2090 kg
    280 miles?? 240 miles
    11% lighter
    1880 kg 1750 kg
    260 miles?? 200 miles

      • Alas, I don’t have interest in 4 shares to follow, and so can’t complete registration to read the article. A pity. At 17 pages it surely has some gems.

        • I don’t recall having to enter any stock info.

          If you want to read the article why not just pick four companies? You can always turn off their spam if they start sending it to you.

          The guy also wrote an interesting piece sometime back about 200 miles is enough. I liked it because that is what I’ve been saying for a long time. ;o)

  • Likely Tesla model line up, ignoring performance versions, at
    launch of Model 3 on the basis a Tesla battery appears to weigh 6.5kg for each
    additional kW.h (or loss of a kW.h). Assumes some drivetrain efficiency
    improvements for the Model 3 as promised by Elon.
    90D————— 70D—————- 50D
    2470 kg ———2340 kg
    257 miles ——-220 miles
    ——————–MS (base case)
    2220 kg ———2090 kg
    280 miles?? —-240 miles
    ——————–11% lighter
    ——————–1880 kg ———–1750 kg
    ——————–260 miles?? ——200 miles

  • base price of 90D vs 70D?

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