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Tesla to discontinue entry-level Model S 60 and 60D saloons

20 March, 2017, 19:19 | Author: Nadine Todd

M - Tesla is discontinuing its cheapest versions of the Model S luxury sedan, the rear-wheel-drive 60 and all-wheel-drive 60D with the 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

At $118,600 the Model S 75 is almost $10,000 more expensive, which is true also of the Model S 75D - at $126,200.

Buyers have until April 16 to order Tesla's Model S 60, after which its cheapest model will be the S 75 and the barrier to entry after-tax-credit will rise from $71,300 to $77,800. Tesla may have seen the S 60 and 60D as an unnecessary part of the line-up, hence, the decision to completely remove them. If you chose the 75 at the outset you paid $6,500 more over the 60; however, if you snapped up a 60 and then decided down the road you want a bit more juice you could upgrade. Well, color me surprised, but the automaker had it coming since one year ago, when the 60 kWh pack was reintroduced "as a more affordable option". With a starting price of around $35,000 plus undisclosed destination fee, a fully-optioned Model 3 will very likely approach the lower-end of the Model S's range. "To simplify the ordering process for our customers, we will be removing the 60 kWh option from our lineup", as revealed by The Verge. Those who ordered a Model S 60 or 60D ended up paying to unlock the battery storage limit and raise it to 75kWh.

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