Audi is engaged on a serious replace for its E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, and a flippantly camouflaged prototype for the previous is participating within the E-Cannonball rally which set off on Sept. 23 from the German metropolis of Hamburg.
The prototype’s livery highlights among the exterior tweaks pegged for the E-Tron, together with a revised grille, new entrance and rear fascia designs, and a brand new wheel sample.
There are nonetheless a couple of surprises, Audi mentioned, however we must always find out about them quickly because the up to date E-Tron is predicted to debut later this 12 months. We should always see it attain showrooms subsequent spring as a 2023 or 2024 mannequin. The E-Tron was initially launched in 2018 as a 2019 mannequin, with the E-Tron Sportback arriving a 12 months later, and the 3-motor E-Tron S arriving final 12 months.
Teaser for up to date Audi E-Tron
Extra important tweaks are regarded as going down beneath the sheet steel. Rumors level to a brand new battery, extra environment friendly electrical motors, and new digital management software program to assist increase vary. The E-Tron arrived with simply 204 miles of vary. Effectivity updates added for 2021 noticed the vary elevated to 222 miles. This main replace is predicted to extend the vary nearer to 300 miles.
Audi was comparatively early amongst established automakers to launch a reputable Tesla rival when it first rolled out the E-Tron. Nonetheless, to hurry up the gestation, Audi modified a platform initially developed for internal-combustion vehicles, particularly the high-riding model of Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform shared with the Audi Q7 and Q8 and a number of different VW Group SUVs.
Ultimately, the E-Tron shall be changed by a new Q8 E-Tron additionally serving as a successor to the present Q8. Whereas the brand new Q8 E-Tron is confirmed to start out manufacturing round 2026, it is potential the E-Tron will already be renamed a Q8 E-Tron with this replace. Keep tuned.