Audi to launch all-electric e-tron and e-tron Sportback soon
After delays in the original launch timeline of the Audi e-tron all-electric SUV in 2020, Audi India has announced that its first-ever pure electric car will be joined in India by its sportier looking cousin, the e-tron Sportback as well. Revised launch timelines for the two electric SUVs stand within the next two-three months, with both launches to occur simultaneously. The e-tron and e-tron Sportback will drive into India at an expected ex-showroom price hovering around the Rs 1 crore mark, where the Mercedes-Benz EQC sits, and where the soon-to-be-launched Jaguar I-Pace will also likely reside. Globally, the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback sold over 47,000 units, accounting for 3 per cent of Audi's sales in 2020, with the e-tron proving to be the bestselling EV in Europe for 2020.
(Top) Audi e-tron and (bottom) e-tron Sportback are set for a simultaneous launch in the coming months
Audi will also accept customisation options for the fully imported e-tron and e-tron Sportback, with delivery timelines for customised models going up to four months. The e-tron that's expected to be sold in India is the 55 quattro variant, as showcased in the country last year.
This model uses a liquid-cooled 95kWh battery, powering dual-electric motors. Total power outputs stand at 360PS/561Nm, while an overboost function can temporarily provide up to 408PS and 664Nm of torque. That results in a 0-100kmph run in 6.6s, or 5.7s on overboost. Meanwhile, driving range is between 369-441km (according to WLTP standards). Audi India will install a home charger for customers, likely an 11kWh charger that charges to full in 8.5 hours, while the optional 22kWh charger cuts that time down to 4.5 hours.
Audi e-tron Sportback
The drivetrain on the SUV-coupe styled e-tron Sportback should match the e-tron's, while the swoopier-roofline contributes to aerodynamic efficiency, giving the Sportback a lower 0.25Cd versus the e-tron's 0.27Cd, for marginally improved range of 373-452km (WLTP), with both SUV's unladen weights remaining the same at 2,520kg. The e-tron Sportback does however lose out on luggage capacity, with 615-litres of cargo space behind the second row of seats, versus the e-tron's 660-litres, which can be further expanded to 1,725-litres with the seats folded, versus the Sportback's 1,665-litres. There is the possibility that Audi could offer the e-tron S Sportback as well to differentiate it, which adds a third electric motor to the mix for a total of 435PS and 808Nm torque (503PS/973Nm on overboost), helping it manage the 0-100kmph run in a scant 4.5s, while driving range comes in at 370km (WLTP).
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