Tesla has revealed its new all-wheel-drive dual-motor Model S 70D sedan, joining the more powerful 85D and replacing the entry-level Model S 60.
In Australia, the 70D is priced from $102,400 before luxury car tax, stamp duty and on-road costs. Depending on the region, the 70D's delivered price is between $111,545 (ACT) and $118,363 (WA).
Although it carries a much heftier price tag than the Model S 60 that it replaces - pitched at around $97,000-103,000 with on-road costs included - the 70D is a much improved offering.
The first clues as to the 70D’s enhancements are in the name, representing a more powerful 70kWh lithium-ion battery pack and the introduction of the same Dual-motor system that debuted with the flagship P85D model.
That upgrade brings a number of significant improvements.
Power increases from 225kW to 245kW, while driving range grows from 390km in the Model S 60 to a new 440km range with the 70D.
The 0-100km/h time is shaved, deeply, from 6.2 seconds in the 60 to a new 5.4 seconds in the 70D. (That makes the 70D quicker than the more expensive rear-wheel-drive 85.)
That swifter acceleration time is thanks largely to the addition of a second electric motor, adding driving power to the front axle for a new all-wheel-drive layout.
Standard features with the 70D will include the new Autopilot system and hardware, along with the new trip planner and range assurance applications, satellite navigation, lane departure warning, parking sensors, automatic emergency braking and automatic keyless entry.
Access to Tesla’s Supercharger network - currently made up of one location in Sydney but scheduled to expand between Melbourne and Brisbane in the years ahead - is also included.
Lastly, there’s three new colours on offer across the Model S range: Ocean Blue (pictured top of article), Warm Silver and Obsidian Black.
Speaking with TMR today, Tesla Australia's Heath Walker confirmed the first examples of the new 70D will hit Australia toward the end of 2015, although the order books are open now.
Likewise, the 85D and P85D models can also be ordered now ahead of delivery dates due late this year.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- Model S 70D AWD - $102,400
- Model S 85 RWD - $109,400
- Model S 85D AWD - $115,800
- Model S P85D Performance AWD - $141,600
Drive-away pricing available at my.teslamotors.com/en_AU/models/design