The Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback – the brand’s first electric SUVs – have been launched in India, with the e-tron priced from Rs 99.99 lakh and the e-tron Sportback priced from Rs 1.18 crore. Both the EVs are currently available to book either via dealerships or Audi’s online portal, with the booking amount set at Rs 5 lakh.
The 71kW battery gives a WLTP range of 379 km while the 95kW gives 484 km
e-tron 50 puts out 313hp/540Nm; e-tron 55 produces 408hp/664Nm
Adaptive air suspension, panoramic sunroof and 4-zone AC come as standard
|2021 Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback price (ex-showroom, India) |
|50 Quattro||55 Quattro|
|Audi e-tron||Rs 99.99 lakh||Rs 1.16 crore|
|Audi e-tron Sportback ||-||Rs 1.18 crore|
Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback: exterior design
On the styling front, Audi has given the e-tron a more traditional SUV design that is in line with the brand’s latest design language. This means, the e-tron gets a large grille with sleek LED headlights on both sides. Moving to the side profile, the e-tron is well proportioned and doesn't deviate too far from the traditional Audi SUV profile, like that of a Q5 or Q7.
While the e-tron Sportback shares much of its styling with the regular model up front, when viewed from the side, its unique SUV-coupe aesthetic becomes more apparent, with its tapering roofline that ends in a notchback design. At the rear, both the models get a full-width light bar connecting the LED tail-lamps. The 20-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels are also standard for both models, and they come wrapped in high-profile tyres to aid the overall ride.
Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback: interiors and features
The interiors of the e-tron feature a dual-touchscreen setup that comprises a 10.1-inch infotainment display on top, and an 8.8-inch display for climate control and other functions placed lower down, taking centre stage. Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument cluster is also on offer. Additionally, the e-tron 55 gets matrix LED headlights, progressive steering, adaptive air suspension, 4-zone climate control system, cruise control, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery as standard.
The 55 Quattro trim is offered with a Technology pack that adds a 705W, 16-speaker, B&O premium 3D sound system, 30-colour ambient lighting, air purifier, and 360 degree cameras, over and above the features available in the 50 Quattro trim.
Audi also offers a number of optional extras on the electric SUVs, including soft-close doors, head-up display, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit Plus, adaptive wipers and a flat-bottom steering wheel.
Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback: powertrain and battery
The e-tron 50 Quattro gets electric motors on both axels that produce a combines 313hp and 540Nm, which allows it to complete the 0-100kph sprint in a claimed 6.8sec. This configuration comes with a 71kW battery and has a range of 264-379 km (WLTP combined). In this guise, the e-tron can go from 0 to 100kph in 6.8sec.
Audi also offers more powerful version of the e-tron and e-tron Sportback in 55 Quattro variant, which also has a dual-motor layout and develops 408hp and 664Nm. The 55 quattro configuration also features a larger 95kWh battery pack, with a claimed WLTP range of between 359-484 km. With this configuration, both models can complete the 0-100kph dash in 5.7sec.
The larger-capacity battery can be charged from 0-80 percent in 8.5 hours using an 11kW AC charger, or in just 30 minutes using a DC fast charger rated at 150kW. The 11kW AC charger provides the fastest AC charging among all rivals, with Audi even providing an onboard converter to allow for 22kW AC charging, if the infrastructure allows.
Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback: rivals
The Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback compete with the other luxury electric SUVs that have been launched in India, such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC (priced at Rs 1.07 crore) and Jaguar I-Pace (priced at Rs 1.06 crore).
All prices are ex-showroom, India
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