Elon Musk is all about making electric cars a great value, and the new Tesla Model S 70D that replaces the base S60 will offer owners all-wheel drive, 240 miles of driving range, and Supercharger capabilities for just $75,000, less than $5,000 more than the outgoing S60. Meet your new dream car.
Sporting Tesla’s Dual Motor Drive system, the Model S 70D will put 329 horsepower to the ground for a 0 to 60 MPH time of 5.2 seconds that matches that outgoing S60. A larger 70 kWh battery pack, combined with the all-wheel drive system, gives the 70D an EPA-rated 240 miles of driving range, an almost 20% improvement over the 208 miles of the S60.
The inclusion of Supercharger capabilities and navigation as standard features is a huge advantage as well, as a similarly-equipped S60 would have been nearing $80,000 under the old pricing scheme. You’ll still have to shell out extra for the Smart Air Suspension, Autopilot, and other premium features, and the range-topping P85D will still set you back $105,000 just to start. Tesla is also offering three new color options; Ocean Blue, Warm Silver, and Obsidian Black.
Tesla has done away with many traditional automaker conventions, like monthly sales figures and the traditional franchise dealership model. Why wait almost a week until after the New York Auto Show to unveil a car that is in every way superior to its predecessor? My guess is it lets all the other auto show news sort of filter out, allowing Tesla to dominate headlines, rather than share them.
This is indeed big news that would be worthy of an auto show reveal, but Musk is running his car company his way…and so far, it seems to be working.