Audi Q8 e-tron launched, prices start at ₹1.13 crore

The Audi Q8 e-tron will be available in both regular and Sportback configurations with the option of the 50 or 55 variant
The Audi Q8 e-tron has been launched in India with prices starting from ₹1.13 crore
The Audi Q8 e-tron has been launched in India with prices starting from ₹1.13 crore evo India

Audi has launched the Q8 e-tron electric SUV in India. The SUV will be available in both the 50 and 55 trims with the 55 getting a larger battery pack and can be had in the standard or the Sportback configuration. Prices for the Q8 e-tron are as follows — ₹1.13 crore and ₹1.26 crore for the 50 and 55, respectively, with the standard roofline. For the Q8 Sportback e-tron, you’ll have to spend ₹1.18 crore for the 50 and ₹1.3 crore for the 55. Here’s what you need to know about the latest additions to Audi India’s EV lineup. 

Audi Q8 e-tron: design

Before we go ahead, let’s get the name out of the way first. Starting from 2023, the current e-tron and the e-tron Sportback will be dubbed as the Q8 e-tron and Q8 e-tron Sportback, respectively. But even if that wasn’t the case, there’s no denying the Q8 e-tron’s resemblance to to its predecessor, particularly when viewed head-on. The most prominent differentiator however is the three-dimensional singleframe grille with a light bar, that seems to connect both the headlamps and makes the Q8 e-tron appear wider than before. The digital matrix LED lights are optional. Customers can also specify the colour of the singleframe grille on the Q8 e-tron, and the grille also nestles the new Audi logo, part of the carmaker’s new corporate identity. The logo is devoid of chrome, with the four interlocking rings now being white in colour, embedded inside a black clasp body. The bumpers are now reprofiled and the Q8 e-tron also debuts another element of Audi’s new design language, with the model name now being lasered into the B-pillars.

Audi Q8 e-tron: interior

The interior of the Audi Q8 e-tron is identical to its predecessor, and the luxury SUV continues to be loaded with features. You get four-zone climate control, and the standard leather seats get a three-stage seat ventilation function. A panoramic sunroof is also present. Most of the conventional buttons and switches have been replaced with the two digital displays. A 10.1-inch unit sits up top and can be used to control the infotainment system and vehicle characteristics while the 8.6-inch unit that sits lower down is dedicated for the climate control and seat ventilation functions. You can also spec your Q8 e-tron with a head up display. A variety of interior trims are on offer as well, ranging from wooden veneers to a carbon fibre finish, and the interiors of the Q8 e-tron also make greater use of sustainable materials.

Audi Q8 e-tron: battery and range

The Audi e-tron was earlier offered with two battery capacities – a 71kWh battery for the entry-level 50 variant and a 95 kWh battery for the 55 variant. With the Q8 e-tron, Audi has done away with the former, and the entry-level variant now gets the 95kWh. In the higher-spec 55 and SQ8 variants, the battery capacity has been bumped up to 114kWh. Audi claims that the usable battery capacity has also gone up thanks to tweaks to the battery management system.

In the entry-level 50 variant, the Q8 e-tron offers 491km of range with the SUV body style and 505km with the Sportback, as per the WLTP cycle. The higher-spec 55 variant on the other offers a claimed range of 582km for the SUV and up to 600km for the Sportback as per the WLTP cycle. 

In terms of charging time, the 95kWh battery can be completely charged in around 9 hours and 15 minutes using a 11kW AC charger, with the time dropping down to 4 hours and 45 minutes if one uses the optional 22kW AC charger that Audi provides. The larger 114kWh battery on the other hand takes around 11 hours and 30 minutes to charge at 11kW and 6 hours to be fully charged when using a 22kW AC charger. The Q8 e-tron also has the capability of supporting charging at a rate of 170kW (on the 55 variant) – which means that you could top up the battery from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in 31 minutes with a DC fast charger!

Audi Q8 e-tron: powertrain and performance

The base 50 variant of the Q8 e-tron and Sportback are powered by two electric motors, and they produce a combined output of 335bhp (250kW) of power in boost mode, along with 664Nm of torque. The 55 variant on the other hand produces a higher 402bhp (300kW) of power in boost mode along with 664Nm of torque. The top speed for both the 50 and the 55 variants is limited to 200kmph. 

All e-trons have been offered as air suspension as standard and on the Q8 e-tron, the suspension has been revised for better dynamics. The air spring tuning has been optimised, along with new suspension arms and with more rigid suspension bearings on the front axle, the steering feedback has also improved. The steering of the Q8 e-tron has been revised as well, thanks to a quicker steering ratio, and that will likely aid the agility of the Audi.

Commenting on the launch of the Audi Q8 e-tron, Balbir Singh Dhillon, Head of Audi India said, “Today, we take another step forward in our journey of electric mobility and we could not be happier to launch these beautiful electric cars. The larger battery packs not only bring in added range but also enhance the value proposition of the models. The refreshed styling complements the engineering enhancements and is sure to wow. The Audi Q8 e-tron is at the heart of our electric mobility strategy and gives us a strong base to build upon as we journey towards electrifying our line-up. With the addition of the new Audi Q8 e-tron and the Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron; we now have the widest EV portfolio in the segment.”

The Audi Q8 e-tron quotes up against the likes of the BMW iX and the Jaguar i-Pace which are priced similarly as well. You can watch our first drive review of the Audi Q8 e-tron by clicking on the link below

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