Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback bookings open in India ahead of July 22 launch
Audi India has now started accepting bookings for the Audi e-tron electric SUV as well as its coupe-SUV derivative, the Audi e-tron Sportback. The booking amount for both EVs is Rs 5 lakh and bookings can be made at Audi dealerships across India or online. The two EV SUVs are to launch in the Indian market on July 22.
2021 Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback power outputs, range
The Audi SUVs are based on the Volkswagen Group's MEB architecture, which in this case, is a heavily reworked version of the MLB underpinnings found underneath the Chinese-market Audi Q5 LWB. The Audi e-tron and the e-tron Sportback is expected to be offered in one drivetrain option in the Indian market, the 55 quattro, which houses a liquid-cooled 95 kWh lithium-ion battery between the two axles. This powers two electric motors, one on each axle, for a combined output of 360PS and 561 Nm, and AWD capabilities. This lets the electric SUVs get from zero to 100 kmph in 6.6s.
A boost function is available which increases outputs to 408PS and 664 Nm, and drops the acceleration time to 5.7s. Three levels of recuperation are available, accessed via the paddle shifters, and these can recover upto 30 per cent of the energy spent. Further, these also assist in deceleration. This set-up gives its a 400 km range. Aside from the usual drive modes available in other Audis, a special 'Range' mode is available via the drive select which shuts down auxiliary energy-consuming functions to eke out the most distance. Read our review of the Audi e-tron here and stay tuned for the India road test dropping soon.
2021 Audi e-tron charging, features
The e-tron EVs can be charged in three ways. The first is using a regular 11 kWh hour AC charger which takes 8.5 hours. An optional 22 kWh fast charger will also be an option for the customer, which tops up the car in 4.5 hours. Further, the e-tron can also be charged using a 150 kWh AC fast charger, which gives 80 per cent range in 30 minutes. Audi India will set up the chargers in owners houses when they buy either e-tron. The firm thinks that a full charge should suffice for week-long city usage. The company is expected to set up fast-charging stations at its dealership across the country and may announce tie-ups with charging infrastructure firms as well. Further, an India-specific warranty and service package for the e-tron's customers can be expected. Know more about the Audi e-tron here.
The e-tron and e-tron Sportback will be available ith four-sone climate control, matrix LED headlamps, progressive steering and adjustable sir suspension as standard. Also expect to see a digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch infotainment screen with a smaller screen of climate-control functions and a panoramic sunroof.
2021 Audi e-tron price, rivals
Expect the Audi e-tron to be priced around the Rs 1 crore (ex-showroom) mark when it launches here in late July, the e-tron Sportback to charge a slight premium over the standard version. The e-tron will compete with the recently launched Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC in India. Like its rivals, the Audi e-tron will be sold in India as a CBU.
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