Audi E-Tron To Gain Entry-Level And High-Performance Variants

Audi introduced its all-new e-tron earlier this year and a new report is indicating it will soon be joined by an entry-level variant and a high-performance model.

Top Gear’s report is light on specifics, but says the entry-level model will arrive within the next year. Buyers looking for a high-performance model will have a longer wait as that particular variant isn’t expected to be launched until early 2020.

There’s no word on specifications, but the current e-tron starts at $74,800. This makes it significantly more affordable than the Tesla Model X which retails for $84,000 before incentives. However, the e-tron is slightly more expensive than the Jaguar I-Pace which begins at $69,500.

The entry-level e-tron would obviously be more affordable than the current model, but there’s no word on how much customers can expect to save. It also remains unclear how the saving will be achieved, but it’s likely the entry-level model will have a reduced range and / or lower performance.

The high-performance model is the more interesting of the two and the magazine speculates it could come with an additional electric motor that powers the rear wheels. If this were to occur, the crossover would have three electric motors and a potential output of around 640 hp (477 kW / 648 PS).

The standard e-tron 55 quattro has two electric motors that develop a combined output of up to 402 hp (300 kW / 407 PS) and 490 lb-ft (664 Nm) of torque. The motors are powered by a 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and the model can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in as little as 5.7 seconds. The e-tron also has a limited top speed of 124 km/h (200 km/h) and a combined range of 259 miles (417 km) in the WLTP test cycle.

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  • Six_Tymes

    wow, really like this a lot. inside and out. that interior is amazing

  • MarketAndChurch

    I forgot to mention this in my top 10 best looking new suv’s from the past 5 years. Probably not top5, but certainly top 10.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    i hope Audi made a internal combustion engine version of this car, called the Q6

  • Arthur Burnside

    Audi e-tron’s biggest competitor will be teh Jaguar I-Pace, which is already here and talking their own performance model, although they haven’t decided
    power levels, other than being able to out accelerate Tesla’s fastest vehicle – their Model S Performance. They have also noted that they can make it faster than the Tesla sparts car if they wish, but they’re not sure that much acceleration is desirable for the average driver – it would be able to run to 60 in 1.8 seconds, as opposed to the Tesla Sports car ($250,000) , which will require close to 2 seconds. Tesla’s Musk stupidly claimed his sports car will be the fastest production car in the world.

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