Tesla has announced a lower price of entry for Model X SUV hopefuls that might help to spur interest in its cool electric SUV. The entry-price for a Model X 60D is $74,000, a discount of $9,000 compared to the next model up in the line. That $9,000 price cut does mean that you give up some driving range though.
The driving range for the Model X 60D is listed at 200 miles, 37 miles less than the Model X 75 237 mile driving range. The 60D offers the same 0 to 60 mph time of 6-seconds and 130 mph top speed. Here is the crappy part about the new version of the Model X, the battery limit is a software limit.
Yes, that presumably means that the battery actually has the same capacity as the 75D and Tesla will unlock that extra capacity for you for $9,000. If you think that makes little sense, you aren’t alone. If Tesla really wanted to improve sales for the Model X, why not just cut the price of the car by $9,000 and be done with it. Reducing the price and putting software in place that artificially limits battery life when it doesn’t affect cost to build is a strange move.
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