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Tesla cuts the price on its entry-level Model S by $5,000

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Just because Tesla is ditching the Model S 60 and 60D doesn't mean that you'll be paying dramatically more to own the luxury electric sedan. Tesla has cut the price on its current entry-level models, the 75 and 75D, by $5,000. It's still $1,500 more expensive than the outgoing model at $69,500, but not so much so that you might balk if you were seriously considering the 60 before. It's certainly a better value if you were already looking at a 75 for the extra range. On top of that, Tesla is sweetening the pot by making key features standard.


All Model S variants now come with the glass roof (previously a $1,500 option) and an automatic rear power liftgate. The 90D has also received a price cut to $87,500, we'd add. And if you bought an upgradeable 60 or 70 car, the bump to a 75kWh battery capacity is cheaper. Unlocking the full battery on the Model S 60 now costs 'just' $2,000 versus the previously steep $9,000, while Model S 70 owners just have to spend $500 instead of $3,500.


There are some gotchas in the lineup, however. The price of the 100D and P100D is going up by a few thousand dollars on April 24th to $97,500 and $140,000 respectively (Model X buyers are seeing similar price hikes to $99,500 and $145,000). Also, certain upgrades are now off-limits on some models. You can't get smart air suspension on the 75 and 75D, for example, while you have to go with a 100 or 100D to get the high amperage charger.


Why all the tweaks? Tesla is likely harmonizing its EV range so that there are clear incentives for people to step up to the Model S instead of 'settling' for the Model 3, whose battery capacity will stop at the 75kWh where the Model S starts. The 100 and 100D price hikes are merely a way of balancing things out -- Tesla gets to maintain its average selling prices by asking for more from those customers that can most likely afford to pay a bit more. We wouldn't count on these prices lasting forever, but it's easy to see them sticking around through the Model 3 launch later this year.


Latest Tesla patch enables Autosteer at 80 mph for HW2 models


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The new Autopilot features have been lurking in Tesla's latest electric vehicles for a few months and now they're ready to go live. For HW2 vehicles we're talking things like the Lane Departure Warning system, Autosteer at much higher speeds (80mph versus the previous 55mph), Auto Lane Change and the Summon feature. Auto Lane Change, as you might expect, will swap lanes after you activate the turn signal while in Autopilot. Summon is pretty self-explanatory as well, activating a self-parking-and-retrieval system that you can control via the Tesla mobile app or your key fob. The newer HW2 vehicles (produced after October 18th, 2016) rolled off the assembly line with better sensors and cameras, but this new patch brings the functionality up to par with the older HW1 models.


If you just downloaded V8.1, tap the the T on center screen three times

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 29, 2017


Both HW2 and HW1 Model X have few new features as well, like the ability to lower the height of its Falcon doors (for parking in cramped quarters) and more adjustment for the middle-row seat. In terms of creature comforts for both the HW1 and HW2 vehicles the onboard Maps app will display more info about businesses including operating hours, address and phone number. Headrests can be adjusted now as well, and the vehicle will curate a radio station based on what you've listened to and given the old thumbs up to.


The 8.1 update is rolling out domestically today, with worldwide availability coming throughout the week. With this patch and the features that preceded it, we're seeing the steps Tesla is making toward deliveringtruly autonomous driving.


And being the nerd that CEO Elon Musk is, he hasn't been able to keep the existence of another Easter egg to himself. As Electrek reports, tapping the T in the center screen three times will open up a sketchpad. Handy!


Update: The article originally stated that Tesla's Autosteer worked up to 90mph, but it's only engaged at 80mph and below. We've updated it with the correct info.



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