Audi E-Tron Preview
After having driven the Audi e-tron earlier this year, we could say that this battery-powered SUV will be a huge threat to rivaling electric cars like the Tesla Model 3, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar i-Pace. It should reach Indian shores by later this year, and will come with a price tag of above ?1 crore.
From the outside, the e-tron looks properly radical. There's no mistaking it for anything but an Audi though, thanks to that single-frame grille with vertical and horizontal slats. At the front, it gets stylish LED headlamps with LED DRLs, specific to the e-tron. While the bonnet boasts of sharp creases, the side profile looks somewhat similar to the Q3, but of course, the sharper character lines and large 20-inch wheels help one differentiate it from the aforementioned. It looks particularly striking from the rear with the full-width LED tail lamp.
The cabin's architecture is similar to what you'll see on other Audi's today. Everything around is solidly built and feels top-notch. A 10.1-inch and 8.6-inch screen takes pride of place in the middle of the dashboard. Also, Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster makes it to the e-tron, and deservedly so. Making its debut on an Audi for the first time, are the virtual exterior mirrors, which are actually cameras that give you a view of what's behind you, instead of mirrors.
Powering the e-tron will be two electric motors – one on each axle. The one up-front makes 168bhp, while the motor at the rear produces 188bhp. Combined together, the setup produces a boost output of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque. The e-tron will be able to reach a top speed of 200km/h, while 0-100km/h will come up in under 6 seconds. Power comes from a 95kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and as per the WLTP testing cycle, the e-tron will be able to manage a range of over 400km. The SUV can be charged with the help of its standard 11kW charger.