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2016 Tesla Model X: Cheap As It Gets

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When one is finally able to afford a Tesla, it usually means having enough to buy a Tesla Model S, not the more expensive Model X crossover. Besides, the sedan has a nicer design and is facing fewer build quality issues.

Ever since Tesla jettisoned the 70D model from the Model X selection list, buyers were left with the 75kWh battery option as the minimum they have to spend on.

Well, it is the same this time with the new base 60D model, which basically means a 60kWh pack offering 200 miles of range but is equipped with a 75kWh pack instead.

In other words, the 75kWh battery physically remains in the entry-level electric crossover trim, but only 60kWh is accessible. The rest is dormant, and can be ‘unlocked’ via an over-the-air (OTA) update worth $9,500.

As a result, the Model X now begins at $74,000, not inclusive of the destination fee or $7,500 federal tax incentive. With the incentive, the vehicle effectively costs $66,500.

That’s as cheap as the crossover is probably ever going to get, given that the 200,000 allocations for the incentives may soon run out due to a continual ramp up in production of both the Model S and Model X.