Audi’s updates for the e-tron appear to be extensive, including new headlamps and what looks to be an even larger grille
Audi is set to give its e-tron electric SUV a series of mid-life revisions to help keep it competitive with a glut of newer rivals, new spyshots reveal.
The e-tron was one of the first large EVs from an established premium brand, launching in 2018. But alternatives are coming thick and fast, and the market is fast-paced, so updates are needed.
Audi’s exterior updates for the facelifted e-tron seem to be quite extensive, if the masking on this prototype is anything to go by. There’ll be a new front bumper, restyled headlamps, tweaked side skirts and a reshaped rear end, complete with some fresh tail lights.
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We’re not expecting quite as many changes inside. The e-tron features the same tri-screen infotainment layout as the recently facelifted Audi A8 – and it survived the update intact on that car with little more than a few software tweaks. Instead, cabin changes will probably be limited to a few trim and upholstery alterations, plus those software upgrades.
The e-tron’s powertrain is unlikely to receive much more than minor updates, either. Buyers will still have the choice of either a 71kWh battery pack and 309bhp powertrain in the entry-level 50 variant, or a 95kWh battery pack and 402bhp powertrain in the range-topping 55 model. Both also feature an electric motor on each axle, providing all-wheel drive across the range.
Audi has been steadily refining the e-tron’s software since the car was launched in 2018, with the aim of eking the most amount of range out of the technology available. The brand’s most recent update unlocked an extra 12 miles from the 95kWh 55 version, taking its maximum range to 276 miles.
And while we’re not expecting Audi to be swapping battery packs and electric motors for this update, the brand could look to utilise the e-tron’s currently available battery capacity more effectively by fitting a more efficient heat pump or by changing the car’s final drive ratio, so the motor doesn’t work as hard at motorway speeds.
Expect to hear further details on the updates to the e-tron range in due course. Although unconfirmed, given the usual timing of mid-life updates and Audi’s recent launches, we could see the revised model revealed to the world during 2022.
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