The decision to end production for an entry-level version is not uncommon among automakers, but in Tesla’s case is very surprising since that version was actually just recently introduced.
The Palo Alto-based EV automaker started offering about three months ago the most affordable version of its full-blown SUV, the Model X 60D at a base price of $75,200. But from now on the buyers will have to shell out $11,500 more because now the base Model X is the 75D version starting at $86,700. The axed Model X 60D had the same 75-kWh battery pack as the 75D, but the software simply allowed a reduced capacity charge of 60 kWh for an EPA-rated 200-mile range. Tesla already had an optional over the air update the removed the limitation, costing $9,500 – so current owners of the 60D can enjoy the 75D range of 238 miles.
Tesla will also deliver the 75D from now on with a standard Smart Air Suspension – it was an optional equipment for $2,500 and apparently the Model X 60D’s demise was spilled by “the needs and desires of customers looking for a longer-range all-electric SUV.” The Model S 60D is still on offer on the other hand, with the same 75-kWh battery pack limited at 60 kWh for an EPA-rated range of 218 miles.