The Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model X was launched with great fanfare in September, though at the time you could only put your name down for the range-topping 90D cars which start at $133,200, including a $1,200 destination charge.

The company has now opened up order books for a more affordable Model X variant: the 70D. This is the entry-level Model X, and its starting price comes in at $81,200, including destination. It has a 70-kilowatt-hour battery which the EPA estimates will afford it a driving range of approximately 220 miles.

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The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise as CEO Elon Musk said at the Model X’s launch that the high-riding hatch would, in general, cost $5k more than a comparable Model S. The Model S 70D is priced from $76,200, including destination.

The other Model X variants currently available include the $133,200 90D mentioned above as well as the $143,200 P90D flagship. The latter, when equipped with its available Ludicrous Speed option, will hit 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and pass the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds. The 90D models get a 90-kwh battery and at least 250 miles of driving range.

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Tesla is filling orders of the pricier 90D models first. It means anyone ordering a 70D model may have to wait until late next year to receive delivery.


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