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2018 Tesla Model X price falls as production efficiency improves

By Tony O’Kane, 07 Aug 2017 Car News

2018 Tesla Model X price falls as production efficiency improves

A more efficient factory means Tesla is passing on savings to Model X buyers

The base retail price of Tesla’s Model X all-electric SUV has fallen to $132,042 thanks to efficiency improvements made at as the company’s US assembly plant, with the bulk of cost savings achieved at the production line being passed on to buyers.

The improvements made in streamlining its vehicle assembly process have allowed the US carmaker to improve its profit margins on each Model X, a vehicle the company freely admits has been a low-earner since production started.

“When we launched Model X 75D, it had a low gross margin,” Tesla said in a statement.

“As we’ve achieved efficiencies, we are able to lower the price and pass along more value to our customers.”

And those efficiencies translate into a $6000 reduction in pre-luxury car tax pricing, with the bare price of the entry-level Model X dropping from $125,000 to $119,000.

With the luxury car tax applied, the new retail price becomes $132,042 - $7800 less than what the Model X 75D retailed for at its local launch last year.

The Tesla Model X range presently comprises three models, with the mid-spec 90D model being dropped to leave the Model X 75D, Model X 100D and the performance-oriented Model X P100D.

The 75D boasts a 75kWh battery with 417km of range on a single charge, and can sprint to 100km/h in a sportscar-like 5.2 seconds. The 100D, with its 100kWh battery, offers a 565km range and 4.9-second 0-100km/h stat.

However it’s the range-topping  P100D that grabs headlines, with a supercar-like 3.1-second 0-100km/h sprint time. Also equipped with a 100kWh battery, the P100D’s mega performance comes at the cost of 23km less range compared to the Model X 100D.

All models come standard with a five-seat, two-row configuration. A six-seat, three-row config is available for an extra $8300 (either with or without a centre console between the second-row seats), while a seven-seat layout costs a $4100 premium.

PRICING

  • Tesla Model X 75D - $132,042
  • Tesla Model X 100D - $171,842
  • Tesla Model X P100D - $250,992

All prices include LCT, but exclude all other on-road costs