Thanks to improved battery technology, the updated Audi e-tron will have a longer range.
Launched in 2018, the e-tron is Audi's first dedicated electric vehicle. Since then, Audi's EV lineup has expanded with the e-tron GT, Q4 e-tron, and China's Q6 e-tron as it prepares to become an all-electric brand by 2026. For the first time, our spies have caught Audi testing an updated version of the original e-tron.
Based on the more stylish Sportback version, the prototype is covered with camouflage at the front and back disguising the new design details. The grille appears to be smaller, possibly replicating the design of the grille from the e-tron GT. The headlights and front bumper will most likely be redesigned for the refresh, too.
At the back, the taillights appear to be slimmer than the current model's and are still connected by a full-width light strip. We aren't expecting any major updates for the cabin other than updated infotainment software.
Audi will allegedly upgrade the e-tron's battery for the 2022 update as battery technology has improved since the electric SUV launched in 2018. According to a report back in the summer, the upgraded battery will allow the e-tron and e-tron Sportback to drive up to 373 miles on a single charge.
For comparison, the current e-tron models sold in the US have a range of up to 222 miles, which is less than what its main rivals, the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X Long Range, offer. The report was based on the more lenient WLTP standard, but the US version should still get an improved range.
This update will reportedly extend the life of e-tron until 2025 before it gets replaced by a new electric SUV that will possibly be called the Q8 e-tron. The updated Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback are expected to arrive in the second half of 2022 and go on sale for the 2023 model year.