Finally, an e-Tron that’s all-electric, all the time.
Unlike the company’s previous e-Tron models, which have tended to be concept cars or partially electric, the Audi e-Tron is fully electric. In fact, it is Audi’s first-ever all-electric vehicle, in the form of a five-seat midsize SUV aimed at the Tesla Model X, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar I Pace.
Unlike the Model X, however, designers opted for a more conventional appearance, even slapping on a fake grille just for the sake of familiarity. As such, the e-Tron doesn’t look that much different from its conventionally-powered SUV siblings, namely the Audi Q8. Do you find it attractive?
The interior has a high-tech vibe befitting of a premium electric SUV, featuring Audi’s virtual cockpit digital gauge display and two high-definition LCD screens on the center console for carrying out all infotainment and climate control operations. Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has been integrated with the infotainment system, allowing drivers to use voice commands to listen to music and control connected home devices, or use Alexa skills as they would at home with their home-based Alexa-enabled device.
Power for the e-Tron comes from two electric motors and a 95 kWh battery system, allowing it to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) from a standstill in 5.5 seconds before capping out at a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). Audi estimates a driving range of around 250 miles (402 km) on a full charge and a tow rating of 4,000 pounds (1,814 km)
Located beneath the cabin, the 1,543 pounds (700 kg) battery system can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes using a fast-charging system. However, it can take several hours to fully replenish with a 240 volt lead.
Audi e-tron drivers can utilize home charging systems, while on the road, they will be able to plug into the “Powered by Electrify America” charging network.
As you would imagine, the new Audi e-Tron won’t come cheap. Prices start at nearly $76,000 in the United States. For a more comprehensive look at the SUV, visit AutoTribute.