Thanks to software adjustments & hardware optimisation, the e-tron SUV gets an additional 25 kilometres of driving range; S-Line exterior pack adds visual oomph.
Audi recently introduced a coupe-crossover version of its e-tron SUV in the form of the e-tron Sportback. Apart from the obvious coupe design treatment, the Sportback also received some technical upgrades over its SUV sibling. Now, Audi has introduced those same upgrades on the e-tron SUV as well.
To start with, Audi engineers have come up with a new type of wheel brake, which has resulted in the reduction of residual brake torque (losses occurred due to the close proximity of the brake calliper to the brake disc). Further, in normal driving mode, only the rear axle provides the drive, meaning that the front motor remains almost entirely detached from the power supply. Only when the driver demands more power, both motors come into play.
Audi has also worked to increase the net usable power of the battery pack in the e-tron. Therefore, in e-tron 55 (the more powerful version), the 95kWh battery pack is capable of offering 86.5kWh of net usable power. Improvements have also been made to e-tron's thermal management system (for the battery) and coasting recuperation (the ability to recharge during deceleration).
All these improvements have resulted in the e-tron 55 now capable of offering up to 436km of driving range on full charge (WLTP cycle), which is 25km more than its previous potential. The e-tron 50, on the other hand, offers a 71kWh battery pack (64.7kWh net usable power) and is capable of driving up to 336km on full charge (WLTP cycle).
There's also an S-Line version of the e-tron on sale. The S-Line exterior package includes 20-inch wheels, sport air suspension, a redesigned front bumper with bigger air intakes, an S-Line badge on the radiator grille and illuminated door sill plates. Additionally, in contrast to the basic model, the S-Line exterior package also offers the wheel arch trims, door sills, bumpers and exterior mirrors finished in the exterior colour of the car.