Audi Teases New E-tron Models Ahead of Reveal
You're not alone if you find Audi’s EV naming convention confusing. Understanding the differences between various e-tron, e-tron GT, and Sportback models is more complicated than it should be, and unfortunately, things are unlikely to get easier as new models roll out. Audi recently teased new Q8 e-tron and Q8 Sportback e-tron models that are essentially renamed versions of the standard e-tron. We don’t know the pricing or release date details yet, but the two EVs debut on November 9, so we don’t have long to wait.
The dark teaser image gives little detail to work with, but we can see the rear LED light bar, which looks nearly identical to the current models’ lights. Both vehicles’ overall shape also appears unchanged. Still, as this is expected to be a mid-cycle refresh, there will likely be subtle updates to the exterior styling and interior finishes.
Audi hasn’t given details on the new EVs’ performance or specs, but rumors have claimed that the vehicles will get updated powertrains and batteries. The current e-tron comes with two electric motors and a 95-kWh battery pack that combine for 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque when the temporary boost mode is engaged. Acceleration is swift, at 5.5 seconds from 0-60 mph, but the entry-level model’s range of just 226 miles falls well short of the range offered by most rivals.
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