Tesla announces cut-price Model X, but it won’t take you as far

With Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 Sedan not expected to hit driveways until the end of 2017, Elon Musk’s company has announced another way for drivers to join the e-car revolution for less.

The firm has revealed a more affordable version of its Model X SUV at a $9,000 (around £6,800) reduction on the original.

The Model X60 will cost $74,000 compared to the 75D’s initial base price of $83,000.

The difference is the limited range. The X60 will take drivers 200 miles on a single charge, while the 75D takes drivers 237 miles before conking out.

Tesla says the 60D gives drivers the “flexibility to choose the Tesla model, price point and range that best fits their lifestyle.”

Model X models range well beyond the $100,000 mark when all of the extras, including greater range and faster acceleration are added into the mix.

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The announcement comes during a tumultuous time for the e-car pioneer.

Today the firm also announced it was dropping the buyback guarantee for customers, who had been able to sell back to the firm at a fixed price.

Recently Tesla revealed it was struggling to meet its annual production targets to keep up with the demand.

Earlier this week, CEO Elon Musk announced plans to “educate” drivers on correct usage of its Autopilot semi-autonomous software following the death of a driver in Florida.

The firm is being investigated by the US transport agency over the accident and is seeking information on more accidents where Autopilot, which helps drivers park, break and switch lanes in traffic, was in use.