Autocar speak it talked to “inside sources Audi“who has revealed that the Audi E-Tron is ready for the second half of its life cycle with a facelift and tech upgrade expected to arrive next year. The most welcome change will be the generation. new the battery, a more efficient engine with greater energy recovery and new electronics combine to increase the range by almost 50%, from 259 miles on the European WLTP cycle to 373 miles. If the same transformation applies to EPA ratings, the E-Tron will go from 222 miles to 329 miles, the E-Tron Sportback will go from 218 miles rated by the EPA to 323 mile. The battery is expected to remain stable at 95 kWh capacity.
The prototype of the E-Tron twins is not revealed much. It looks like we can expect slimmer headlights and tweaked taillights, recalculated bumpers, and a grille with a new hexagonal graphic instead of the current grid style.
Autocar outlet reports that an Audi executive said the changes were to “increasing more” [the] competitiveness” of the brand’s first mainstream electric vehicles. The E-Tron has been a success for the automaker, but it doesn’t represent the best the brand can do in electric vehicles, has been launched with compromises such as the modified MLB platform originally designed for internal combustion engine vehicles, which will be on the market in about five years and needs to compete with A growing wave of dedicated electric crossovers appeared at the time.
Around 2026, Audi will launch a new flagship all-electric crossover built on the dedicated Platform Electric Performance (PPE) architecture developed in conjunction with Porsche. During a visit to Audi’s factory in Belgium, where the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback are made, Brand CEO Markus Duesman told RTL The factory will start manufacturing the Q8 E-Tron to replace the E-Tron. It’s unclear what will happen with the current Q8 crossover, which will be seven years old in 2026. This will be the most critical moment for a new generation, but who knows if Audi will want to invest resources needed on a forward motor in 5 years or not. The company says it won’t work on brand new ICE units after 2025 and will become an all-electric car company by 2033.
Alongside the launch of the Q8 E-Tron, Audi launched the China-only Q5 E-Tron last week, the Q6 E-Tron will hit the market as the brand’s first PPE-based vehicle. branded around the same time as its VW Group sibling, a battery-electric version of the Porsche Macan in 2023, that year there will also be an A6 E-Tron sedan, and in In 2025, there could be a flagship electric sedan called the A9 E-Tron.