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.