Audi launches a new “entry-level” version of its e-tron electric SUV. A cheaper model, but one that offers an increasing range. Explanations.
Available for a few months now, the Audi e-tron is the first 100% electric SUV developed by the German manufacturer. A zero-emission SUV, therefore, but reserved for a certain clientele only, with a starting price set at 74,800 dollars. A new model will soon be launched, with a falling price and increasing autonomy.
Audi e-tron 2021: a falling price, an increasing range
As a result, this new version of the Audi e-tron will be displayed at a price of $65,900 “only,”a decrease of $8,900 from the current price. Obviously, to achieve this price drop, Audi had to sacrifice some elements, and this new basic version of the Audi e-tron will be offered without the Matrix LED lights and without the Bang and Olufsen audio system.
A cheaper version, therefore, less equipped too, but which will offer in return a slightly increased autonomy. Indeed, thanks to various optimizations at the battery level, including an increase in the usable part of the order of 3.0 kWh (or 86.5 kWh on 90 kWh in total), the new version of the Audi e-tron is able to travel 360 km on a single charge. That’s about 30 km more than the current version.
No change on the power side, since we find here an electric motor of 355 hp, with the possibility to climb to 402 hp in “Boost”mode. A new “entry-level” model, with which Audi wants to be able to compete more efficiently with the other flagship electric SUV, namely tesla’s Model X. Recently, Audi confirmed that it delivered a total of 17,641 e-tron models to customers around the world in the first half of 2020.
In 2021, Audi will also launch its Q4 Sportback e-tron, a new electric SUV that aims to be more “elegant and dynamic” than the Audi Q4 Concept, which was announced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.