Audi Pushes Back E-Tron SUV Launch Date After CEO Arrest

Audi has delayed its plans of unveiling the all-electric E-Tron crossover on August 30 following the arrest of chief executive Rupert Stadler.

The German marque had intended on revealing the car at the Audi Summit in Brussels, the same city where the crossover will be built. However, plans have changed and the vehicle will instead be shown to the public somewhere in the United States later in the year, Automotive News reports.

In announcing the change, Audi simply said it was due to “organizational reasons.” The announcement comes just over a week after Stadler was arrested and imprisoned by German authorities on suspicion he was interfering with ongoing investigations concerning the brand’s emissions-cheating diesel engines.

Despite the delay in its reveal, Audi says the E-Tron will still launch in Europe before the end of the year. Thousands of deposits for the vehicle have already been taken.

The automaker’s decision to delay the unveiling of the E-Tron means Mercedes-Benz will get the jump on its German rival when it launches the production-spec EQC electric crossover in Stockholm on September 4.

When the E-Tron does finally arrive, it will land with a 95 kWh battery pack, one electric motor at the front and two at the rear. All up, it will pump out 429 hp and under the WLTP test protocol, has been rated as having a 248.5-mile range.

At least three other all-electric Audis will launch shortly after the crossover, namely the E-Tron Sportback, E-Tron GT and an E-Tron compact.

more photos...
  • Tom

    …my first mind, reading the headline: Is there any connection between Audi and Tesla?

  • S3XY

    Now imagine if Elon was arrested…

  • Matthew Boyd



  • GobbleUp

    A bunch of dbags running Audi.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    Interior pics, and pricing…

Things To Do In Denver When You’re Drunk: Let A 15-Foot Snake Slither Out Of Your Car

This firefighters who came upon this strange incident by chance probably had the scare of their life until they contained it.

Hennessey Gives Chevy Silverado Extra Pair Of Wheels, Calls It The Goliath 6×6

Based on the Trail Boss Z71, it can be upgraded to 705 HP and starts at $375,000, donor truck included.

Uber Driver Gets Mistaken For Getaway Driver, Gets Arrested, Then Released

The Uber driver gave a ride to a man who had just robbed a gas station with a pair of scissors.

Prancing Horse Invites The Public To Maranello With Universo Ferrari Event

The Universo Ferrari event will allow visitors to see the company’s best road and race cars of all time.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic Launches With 385 HP

The new 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic features a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6.

2020 Cadillac CT5 Costs Nearly $10,000 Less Than The CTS

Tired of fighting the Germans head-on, Cadillac’s CT5 looks like a bargain.

Tuned BMW 640i Doesn’t Give A Hoot About The New 840i

Senner has made this 640i Convertible more powerful than its 8-Series counterpart.

Continental Says Fully Autonomous Cars May Not Arrive Before 2030

Tech needs to be improved, regulation put in place and the public must trust them – and that will take time.

New Lotus Sports Car Coming Late Next Year, Will Be Launched In 2021

The upcoming model could be a replacement for the Elise, Exige or Evora.

Alpina Once Considered Making A High-End Mini

Alpina couldn’t justify the complexity and cost involved in making its own version of the Mini.