Tesla has notified salespeople that it intends to discontinue the Model S 75 by the end of the year. That report comes from Electrek as the company is in the midst of launching the all-new Model 3 at the low end of its product portfolio. Although Tesla hasn’t disclosed why it is discontinuing the current base trim on the Model S, it is assumed as a means of creating a larger price gab between the Model 3 and Model S sedans.
The move to discontinue the single-motor 75-kWh trim will leave the Model S 75D as the base model, with the “D” designating that the car has two electric motors and all-wheel-drive. Naturally, this move is driving up the cost of entry on the Model S, from $69,500 to $74,500. This also means that every Model S and Model X offered feature two motors and all-wheel-drive.
This isn’t the first time Tesla has pushed the Model S upmarket. Back in March the company discontinued the 60 and 60D versions of the sedan, which has served as the base models of the Model S lineup.
All of these moves are taking place as Tesla begins delivering the $35,000 Model 3 sedan to its first customers. The Model 3 is launching in a limited number of configurations and only with a one-motor option, although the company has stated it plans to offer a dual-motor version of the Model 3 sometime in the future. Given the large gap that now exists between the base models of the two sedans, there’s certainly plenty of room for a higher priced Model 3.