PALO ALTO, California – Car shoppers who couldn’t swallow the $133,200 price tag on the high-end 2016 Tesla Model X Signature Series electric midsize SUV will be pleased to learn that Tesla has rolled out a more affordable version.
The base 2016 Tesla Model X 70D model is priced at $81,200, including a $1,200 destination charge. Pricing is before the $7,500 federal tax credit and any state incentives.
It goes on sale in mid-to-late 2016.
The five-passenger model is equipped with a 70 kilowatt-hour battery pack and has an estimated range of 220 miles, according to Tesla.
Standard equipment includes the distinctive Falcon Wing doors, keyless entry, power liftgate and advanced safety technologies, including automatic emergency braking and side-collision avoidance.
The Model X’s six-seat configuration adds $3,000 to the bottom line, while a seven-seat configuration adds $4,000.
A $4,500 Premium Upgrades package includes a long list of items, including a Hepa air-filter system with a bioweapon defense mode, LED ambient interior lighting and automatic driver’s door.
A $1,000 Subzero Weather package adds heated seats and steering wheel, washer nozzle heaters and wiper blade defrosters, while a premium audio system is priced at $2,500.
A midrange Model X 90D with a range of 257 miles will roll out in mid-2016.
Tesla opened its Model X online configurator for buyers who have put down a reservation deposit of $5,000.
“The configurator is not yet public; the link is only available to customers who were invited to configure,” Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson told Edmunds. “We began inviting our first general production customers to configure yesterday and will continue inviting more customers each week over the next couple months.”
Key Model X competitors include the BMW X6, Porsche Cayenne and Land Rover Range Rover Sport.
Edmunds says: The wide price range on the 2016 Tesla Model X should make it a viable choice for many luxury shoppers.