2022 Audi e-tron SUV Is Getting A Huge Upgrade

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This will enable the Audi e-tron to better compete with the Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

Audi's electric expansion is about to begin with the launch of the e-tron GT this summer as the German automaker prepares to become an EV-only brand by 2026. Don't think, however, that Audi has forgotten about its first EV: the e-tron. As battery technology has improved since the electric SUV launched in 2019, Autocar reports that Audi is planning a major update for the e-tron and e-tron Sportback as part of a mid-cycle facelift.

As part of the update planned for 2022, the e-tron and e-tron Sportback will be upgraded with new battery technology offering an increased range of 373 miles in both variants.

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For comparison, the 2021 Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback sold in the US offer an EPA-rated range of up to 222 miles on a single charge. This is already an improvement over the 2019 model, which had a range of 204 miles. Should the new batteries arrive as promised, this will bring the e-tron's range closer to its chief rivals, the Jaguar I-Pace and Model X Long Range Plus, which offer ranges of 234 miles and 371 miles respectively.

As well as the new batteries, the upgraded e-tron and e-tron Sportback will also benefit from more efficient electric motors and improved energy recuperation. According to Autocar, the updated Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback will launch in the second half of 2022.

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The updates will extend the model lifecycle of Audi's original electric SUV until at least 2025 before they are replaced by a new electric SUV that could be called the Q8 e-tron. Audi's electric SUV lineup is about to get more crowded with the upcoming launches of the Q4 e-tron and Q6 e-tron.

When it was announced in Shanghai back in April, the Q6 e-tron was expected to replace the e-tron, but Audi confirmed that its original electric SUV will live a lot longer than we expected. "The Q6 E-tron will compete in a different market segment to the E-tron and E-tron Sportback," a source at Audi told Autocar. "It's smaller - roughly the size of the [conventionally powered] Q5. However, the dedicated platform will allow it to offer interior and load-carrying space similar to today's Q7."

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Source Credits: Autocar

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