Thanks to these new updates.
Audi is preparing to expand its electric e-tron family with the upcoming Q4 e-tron crossover and the slick e-tron GT fastback sedan, which will also spawn a high-performance RS variant. Before then, Audi has updated the current e-tron and e-tron Sportback for the 2021 model year with new convenience features.
One of the main upgrades is an optional second on-board charger that doubles the charging power from 11 kW to 22 kW. This option is already available for the e-tron 55 and e-tron 55 Sportback and will be added to the entry-level e-tron 50 available in Europe and the more powerful e-tron S in mid-2021.
To benefit from the faster charging speeds, you'll need Audi's new charging system for home garages. Using a suitable domestic installation, the e-tron 55 can be fully charged in just under five hours. Previously, it would take 8.5 hours to charge up the battery using an 11-kW charging system. It also features a 5-inch touch display and a wall-mount, and can be operated using the myAudi smartphone app.
Audi's e-tron charging system can also charge with the remaining power available to prevent overloading the home electrical system or can be programmed to charge when electricity is less expensive.
Alternatively, if a home is equipped with a solar panel system, the e-tron can be charged by the electricity generated by the system. PIN protection against unauthorized use is also included.
To make the adaptive cruise assist easier to use, the steering wheel has also been updated in the 2021 model. Now, the driver only has to lightly touch the touch-sensitive rim once per minute to keep the assist active, but is still responsible for steering the SUV. As for cosmetic updates, the 2021 Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback will be available with new titanium gray five-spoke 22-inch wheels in addition to the standard 20- and 21-inch wheels.