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Tesla Cancels the 75-kW-hr Versions of the Model S and Model X

Motor Trend Canada logoMotor Trend Canada 2019-01-11 Motor Trend Staff
a car parked in a parking lot: 2016 Tesla Model X 75d front three quarter in motion 03© Motor Trend Staff 2016 Tesla Model X 75d front three quarter in motion 03

Have you had your eye on a 75-kW-hr Tesla Model S or Model X but just haven't pulled the trigger yet? If so, you better hurry up. Starting Monday, January 14, Tesla says it will no longer be taking orders for those particular models.

The announcement came directly from Elon Musk via Twitter yesterday. "Starting on Monday, Tesla will no longer be taking orders for the 75 kWh version of the Model S & X. If you'd like that version, please order by Sunday night at Tesla.com," Musk said. Unfortunately, that's all the information we have at the moment because Tesla has yet to release an official statement. If that changes, we'll update this post accordingly.

In theory, Tesla could be dropping its 75-kW-hr models because of low demand, but you never know. Tesla regularly makes changes to its lineup for a variety of reasons. Back in 2017, Tesla discontinued the previous base rear-wheel-drive 75 trim levels, and before that it axed the 60-kW-hr base cars. That said, unless it plans to add a new base model with a larger battery, it will soon be $18,000 USD more expensive to buy a new Model S. The price of the cheapest Model X, on the other hand, will jump by $15,000 USD.

Of course, you'll be getting a larger 100-kW-hr battery that offers better acceleration and a longer range, so it's not like the price is actually increasing. You'll just have to buy a Model 3 if you're looking for a more moderately priced Tesla.

Source: Elon Musk via Twitter

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