In October, Elon Musk tweeted (in response to a question about this matter) that a 70 kWh Tesla Model X, or something similar to it, would be available to customers in approximately 1 year (from the time of the tweet). The exact tweet (which was later deleted) was: “something like a 70, but probably around 12 months from now.”
We’re 3 months away from October, and the Tesla Model X 60D is now on the Tesla website to order (h/t Gas2). With orders often taking 2–3 months to be delivered, and estimated delivery right now for a Model X order placed in the United States said to be late September, one could say the “cheaper” Tesla Model X is right on time. Of course, TSLA bears could claim that it has come much earlier than planned (since customers can now order it), and is thus a sign of Tesla Model X (and overall) demand being low. (I expect that if anyone runs with such a story, there’s a 64–73% chance Elon tweets a retort.)
Back to the news, here are the facts regarding the Tesla Model X 60D:
- Base price = $74,000, $9,000 less than the Tesla Model X 75D ($83,000)
- 0–60 mph in 6 seconds, same as Tesla Model X 75D
- Towing capacity = 5,000 lbs, same as Tesla Model X 75D
- Range = 200 miles, 37 fewer than the Model X 75D (237 miles)
The battery in the Model S 60 is a 75 kWh battery, and a 60 can be turned into a 75 for $9,000. We’re presuming the same is true for the Model X 60D.
But the big question is: How many Model X 60Ds will Tesla sell?
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