New Tesla Model S 70D Introduced To Replace The Base S 60

Plenty of Tesla Motors’ announcements come accompanied by a decent measure of drama and showmanship – remember the “D” garage door image tweeted to stir up anticipation ahead of the four-wheel drive announcement?

Still other announcements from the manufacturer come quietly, with little to know forewarning. That’s exactly the case with the company’s newest offering: the Tesla Model S 70D.

This Tesla Model S 70D is being introduced to replace the 60-kWh iteration which previously occupied the bottom rung of the Tesla Motors sedan ladder. As the name suggests, this new base-line car will come equipped with a 70-kWh battery, and Autoblog reports that it’ll start at around $75k (plus destination fees). A federal tax credit should be good for about a $7,500 reduction.

As the “D” badge denotes, the Tesla Model S 70D is also an all-wheel-drive iteration. It’ll make a hefty 329 HP from its dual motors, good for a spirited sprint to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and a 140 mph top speed. The range is EPA-rated at 240 miles, though the automaker claims that a tad more distance can be wrung out of the battery pack by driving conservatively. Trim remains the same as with the S 60, although the entire range can now be ordered in three additional, never-before-offered colors.

The Tesla Model S 70D is already available on the Tesla Motors website, and if you’ve been thinking about buying one of the marque’s sedans for awhile now but haven’t had the occasion, this might be the one to get.

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.

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