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Tesla introduces a budget version of its Model X, set to arrive early next year

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With a price tag $6K lighter than the original Model X, Tesla today introduced a budget model of the electric car calling it the Model X 60D. Well that’s as budget as the Elon Musk-owned company can get. The 60D is set for a early 2017 arrival– pre-orders are starting now.

The Tesla Model X 60D has a 220-mile range and can hit zero to 60 miles per hour in six-seconds flat with a top speed of 130 mph. That’s actually quite impressive for a 60kWh output car. It is equipped with all-wheel drive technology, as denoted by the ‘D’ part of its name.

Similar to the Model S, the Model X 60D is powered by 75kWh battery. Initialy though, the range is tapped at 60kWh. This can be upgraded to the full capacity at a later point.

The new model is also eligible for additional extras–  the seven-seat interior and six-seat interior, both of which are available when the $3,000 Smart Air Suspenion upgrade is used. You can also add a Subzero Weather Package, which adds seat heaters throughout the cabin, a heated steering wheel and wiper blade defrosters, a better quality sound system and a Towing Package, which allows towing of 2,268 kg on 20-inch alloys and 1,588 kg on 22s.

This isn’t the first time that Tesla has introduced a budget car. This April, we saw the company a more affordable Model S 60 for $66,000 upon getting deluged with heavy demand for the Model 3. The Model 3 is expected to be Tesla’s most affordable range of cars priced at just $35,000. That means the electric cars will to take on the BMW 3 Series. The Model 3 will most likely hit the markets in mid-2018.

The Tesla Model X 60D is a sports utility vehicle that takes on the likes of the Volvo XC90, Range Rover, BMW X5, the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-AMG GLE. The car is equipped with future-proof tech to impress enthusiasts. This includes ‘Falcon Wing’ doors that open upwards and a driving assistant known as Autopilot.

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