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Tesla unveils two cheaper versions of Model S sedan

Buyers will have to pay extra to enable Autopilot.


HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Tesla Motors is releasing two new lower-cost versions of its all-electric Model S sedan.

Starting at $72,000 (after incentives), the rear-wheel drive Model S 60 has a top speed of 210 kph and can travel 338 km on a full charge. An all-wheel drive version, the Model S 60D ($78,600 after incentives), also tops out at 210 kph but has a range of 351 km, that can be topped up to 416 by upgrading the vehicles with a 75 kilowatt-hour power pack.

The Model S line up was overhauled in April, giving the vehicles a new front grilled, new LED headlights, faster charging and an air filtration designed for the Model X SUV (Bioweapon Defense Mode – as Tesla calls it).

Both of the new models will come equipped with the hardware needed for Tesla’s self-driving technology, Autopilot, but buyers will have to pay extra to have it installed.

The current Model S starts at $85,400.

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