Tesla has introduced a new all-wheel-drive entry-level version of their electric Model S premium saloon car.

Dubbed the 70D, the new model includes a 70 kWh battery powering the recently-announced dual-motor set-up that sees the rear-mounted electric motor joined by a smaller unit in the front.

The dual-motor layout gives the Model S not just all-wheel-drive, but also an increase in both performance and efficiency, with Tesla quoting a 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds, a top speed of 140mph, and an estimated range of 275 miles to a single charge.

Priced from £54,500 including a £5,000 Government grant, the 70D’s standard equipment includes Autopilot (comprising autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and other functions), plus Google-powered navigation and the facility to use Tesla’s own network of Superchargers.

In addition, Tesla has introduced three new colours to the Model S range: Ocean Blue, Obsidian Black, and Warm Silver.