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.