PALO ALTO, California — The base 2016 Tesla Model X electric SUV is now priced at $83,000, including a $1,200 destination charge, for a $3,000 price increase over the previous base model, according to the Tesla vehicle configurator.
When asked to confirm the price increase, Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson wrote: "The small price increase reflects the added energy now standard on the base Model X; we've replaced the 70 kWh battery with a 75 kWh battery for more range."
The pricing is before tax credits and incentives.
The base Model X has been renamed the Model X 75D. Range is extended by 17 miles to a total of 237 miles; top speed is pegged at 130 mph.
The new base model will be available in Tesla stores in June.
The 2016 Tesla Model X 90D remains unchanged. It is priced at $95,500, including shipping. It delivers 257 miles of range and has a top speed of 155 mph.
The top-of-the-line 2016 Tesla Model X P90D is priced at $115,500. Total range is 250 miles, with a 155-mph top speed.
Edmunds says: Tesla Model X buyers should not mind the price increase, since the SUV will get better range.