The Tesla Model X 60D trim has been dropped from the Model X range, raising the entry-level price of the car by £12,400.
The 75D now kicks off the Model X range, priced from £76,500, while the P100D sits at the other end of the spec list, at £121,800. The 75D has a claimed NEDC range of 259 miles, a top speed of 130mph and a 0-60mph time of 6.0sec.
By comparison, the entry-level Tesla Model S starts at £55,100 for the ‘60’ model, while the equivalent all-wheel-drive 60D variant is £59,700.
The new starting price puts the Model X above high-end specs of the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne, while offering similar performance to sporting SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and AMG-tuned Mercedes GLE.
Orders open for Model X electric SUV
The Model X all-electric SUV is now available to order, with first deliveries set for late this year.
A configurator on the manufacturer's website shows the mid-range Model X 90D priced at £85,000 and the P90D at £103,400 - the prices quoted include the government plug-in grant discount of £4500. Tesla's finance deals start from around £640 per month with an £19,220 deposit.
Customers who have already placed an order are expected to receive deliveries late this year, but new orders placed from today have an estimated delivery of spring 2017, according to Tesla.
The seven-seat SUV features the same unusual ‘Falcon Wing’ doors that were a key part of the prototype Model X unveiled in 2013. These swing upwards to allow entry into the cabin, and require only 30cm of space on either side of the car to open.
Sonar sensors are fitted to each door - and the car’s roof - to monitor surroundings and adjust how far the doors open. The driver’s door automatically opens and closes when the driver is detected.
Power for the SUV comes from the same dual-electric motor setup as the Model S P85D. In the performance-oriented P90D the front motor has 259bhp, and the rear adds an extra 503bhp, but the electrical system provides a combined output of 'only' 464bhp (increased to 532bhp with the Ludicrous Speed upgrade) and 612b ft of torque.
Tesla says the all-wheel-drive Model X P90D with Ludicrous Speed is capable of sprinting to 60mph in 3.2sec (3.8sec without the upgrade) and has a top speed of 155mph. The floor-mounted battery pack is said to give the Model X a low centre of gravity and 'ideal weight distribution for exhilarating performance and superior handling'. The Model X has a drag coefficient of 0.24, which Tesla says is the lowest of any SUV in history, and weighs 2468kg - making it heavier than both the Range Rover Sport hybrid and BMW’s X5 eDrive.