Tesla Announces Model S 70D

Today Tesla announced a less-pricey and somewhat lower performance all-wheel-drive Model S variant called the 70D.

The car will replace the 60-kwh rear-wheel drive base model priced from just over $71,000, and serve as the new entry point for the California automaker.

Starting at $75,000, the 329-horsepower 70D has a 70-kwh battery instead of 85 kwh like the P85D does, and goes 0-60 in 5.2 seconds, not the P85D’s 3.2 seconds, but could be just the ticket for snow belters.

EPA-estimated range is 240 miles, Tesla says.

The $75,000 plus tax and fees is the actual cash price, but as is its custom, Tesla is advertising far less, in this case $57,500, or $17,500 below MSRP assuming one may take full advantage of a $7,500 federal tax credit and $10,000 in “gas savings” as estimated by Tesla.

This is otherwise a full Model S, Supercharger charging station compatible, and may be equipped with options to make for a plush AWD EV for $11,400 less than the full-powered P85D.