has been toying around with its base car offering . Now, with creeping onto the market, Tesla apparently wants to make it clear that the Model 3—and not any version of the —will be the company’s entry-level offering. To that end, Tesla confirmed it is discontinuing the entry-level, rear-wheel-drive Model S 75. The all-wheel-drive Model S 75D lives on. For now. The change means that all Model S sedans are now all-wheel drive.
Tesla had said back in July that it was going to discontinue the rear-wheel-drive Model S 75, although it didn’t specify when that would happen. The Model S 75 had a base price of $69,500, while the AWD 75D starts at $74,500. The discontinued base car had an EPA-rated range of 249 miles to the all-wheel-drive version’s 259.
Moving up from there, Tesla’s Model S 100D has a range of 335 miles, thanks to 100 kWh of battery capacity, and starts at $94,000. The performance-oriented starts at $135,000. Its range is a little lower at 315 miles, but the manufacturer claims it shoots from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.
Tesla added the Model S 75 in May 2016 as an upgrade over the Model S 70, which was the same car; but the Model S 75 offered 5 kWh more battery capacity. Incidentally, the Model S 70 replaced the Model S 60, which had 60 kWh of capacity. The Model S 60 was later revived for about a year, and then Tesla ended its run for a second time last spring.
Meanwhile, the newer and much less expensive Model 3 is being rolled out with rear-wheel drive; Tesla says AWD variants will be offered later. The Model 3 has a base price of $36,200 and a starting EPA-estimated range of 220 miles. A Long Range version is rated at 310 miles. Tesla claims to have received more than half a million reservations for the Model 3 but lacks the production capacity to immediately meet the demand. It has stated it intends to ramp up production to 5000 cars per week by the end of this year and to keep increasing production so it can build 500,000 units in 2018 and 1 million by 202o. But buying a Model 3 now means you’re not likely to take delivery until late 2018.