Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback bookings open
Styling and features
The Audi e-tron gets a grey octagonal grille upfront, flanked by sharply cut matrix LED headlights. The e-tron Sportback has similar styling to the standard e-tron except for the raked rear windscreen and the Hofmeister kink in the back windows. At the rear, both get a full-width light bar that connects the LED taillights.
On the inside, a pair of stacked touchscreens take pride in the middle of the dashboard. The upper 10.1-inch unit is the infotainment screen and lower 8.6-inch display controls the climate control and other functions. The e-tron also gets Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument cluster, progressive steering, adaptive air suspension and four-zone climate control as standard.
Battery and Charging
The e-tron has a 95kWh Lithium-ion battery which produces 355bhp and 561Nm of torque and reaches an electronically-restricted top speed of 200kmph. It can sprint from 0-100kmph in 6.6 seconds. However, the Boost mode provides even more Schnell and makes possible a 5.7 second 0-100kmph sprint. This is courtesy additional power, which the boost mode provides and totals the output to 402bhp and 664Nm, for a short burst of 8 seconds. The e-tron also gets AWD, courtesy one electric motor on the front axle and one on the rear.
The e-tron promises a range between 369 to 441 kilometres on a full charge according to the WLTP cycle. As far as charging is concerned, the Audi e-tron can either be charged with a 11kW AC charger, or a 150kW DC fast charger. The 11kW AC charger will give the e-tron a full charge in approximately 8.5 hours, whereas the same on the DC fast charger will take 30 minutes.
The Audi e-tron is expected to be priced in the ₹1-1.2 crore region and the Sportback model will demand more cash due to its sportier styling. Upon its arrival, the Audi e-tron will be the third luxury electric SUV, besides the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace, in Indian market.
Here’s what Balbir Singh Dhillon, head of Audi India had to say about the commencement of bookings of the e-tron - “The future is electric and we are thrilled to open bookings for not one but two electric SUVs – the Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback in India. The e-tron is not just one product but a brand in itself and we will launch several new models under this brand. With progress comes evolution; and the Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback are the pinnacle of that evolution. These are not just any other cars, these are the beginning of a new era - the era of electric. These are cars from the future, for the future.”