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Tesla announces more affordable Model X 70D

About $50,000 cheaper than the P90D Signature By ,

Tesla initially launched its new Model X electric crossover in high-end P90D Signature trim, which retails for $132,000 in the U.S. Now, the company is announcing a 70D version that will start at $80,000, plus a $1,200 shipping charge, Automotive News reports. 

Obviously, the latter will be less powerful and offer a shorter range due to its 70kWh battery. But at that price, competitors might have to reconsider their plans. Audi, for one, would like to take on the Model X in 2018 with a crossover based on the e-tron quattro concept unveiled this fall in Frankfurt.

Expect the Tesla Model X 70D to cover approximately 354 kilometres with a full charge. Acceleration from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) will take 6.0 seconds versus 4.8 seconds with the P90D. 

According to the Tesla website, P90D deliveries will begin in early 2016, followed by 90D deliveries in mid-2016 and 70D deliveries later in the year.