Tesla is great at overhauling its product lineup with little fanfare, with the launch of the new, entry-level Model S 70D. While the trim rests at the bottom of the range to replace the S 60, it still brings everything that people love about the electric luxury sedan.

As the D moniker suggests, Tesla uses the company's dual-motor all-wheel drive setup, and the 70 indicates the kilowatt-hour rating of the battery pack. The whole setup produces 329 horsepower and can get the sedan to 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds with a 140 mph top speed. The 70D also carries an EPA-certified range of 240 miles, but automaker claims the vehicle can go 250 miles at 65 mph. In all, it's a big surprise upgrade to the low-end Model S specs, all for an extra $5,000 compared to the now-defunct S 60.

In addition to its electric drivetrain, the 70D comes with features like Supercharging for easier traveling, and standard navigation. Options include the latest Autopilot system with lane-keeping assist and self-parking for $2,500 and an air suspension is another $2,500.

Tesla is also adding three more colors to the already extensive palette for the whole range: Warm Silver, Obsidian Black and Ocean Blue (seen in the photo above).

The 70D is already available to order from Tesla's website. Before any incentives, it starts at $75,000, plus $1,200 for destination. Although, the company says the federal tax credit knocks $7,500 off of that figure. In comparison, the top-spec Model S P85D starts at $105,000 but offers a total 691 hp with a 253-mile EPA range.

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Introducing the All-Wheel Drive Model S 70D

The Tesla Motors Team April 8, 2015

Today, we are introducing the Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive electric car with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 250 mile range at 65 mph.

Even at a starting price of $75k, the Model S 70D offers a broad and compelling set of features. Moreover, when one factors in the cost advantages over an internal combustion engine vehicle, including fuel savings and incentives, the actual cost of owning Model S 70D comes to about $55k over five years (the average length of new car ownership).

In addition to having independently operational front and rear motors, the 70D includes Supercharging to enable free long-distance travel, Autopilot hardware, navigation, blind spot detection and many other features. As with every Model S, the 70D will receive free over-the-air updates that add functionality and improve the driving experience for years to come.

Starting today, you can also order any Models S in three new colors: Ocean Blue, Obsidian Black, and Warm Silver.


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