Buyers looking at a brand new Tesla Model S or Model X will no longer have to choose between rear- or all-wheel drive. Tesla announced in its December newsletter that both vehicles will arrive with standard all-wheel drive, Carscoops first reported on Thursday.
That leaves all future Model S and Model X vehicles with a “D” in their model names, which denotes the dual-motor setup to provide all-wheel drive. Tesla first introduced all-wheel drive three years ago. The model hierarchy remains the same for the time being for the Model S and Model X, with 75D, 100D, and P100D variants. The least expensive Model S is priced at $74,500 before any federal or local incentives or tax credits, while the Model X costs $79,500.
Only one rear-wheel drive Model S remained after Tesla announced pricing changes to its lineup this past April. It was the Model S 75. Tesla also bumped the 100D and P100D prices up by $2,500 and $5,500, respectively.
The decision to axe rear-wheel drive from the company’s more expensive offerings is likely a move to further differentiate them from the Model 3, which comes with standard rear-wheel drive. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company will add a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup for the Model 3 in spring 2018 along with the brand’s Smart Air Suspension. That could change, though, as the company has continuously had trouble mass producing the affordable electric car.
Published at Fri, 22 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0000