2023 Audi e-tron Won't Go Down Without A Fight

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The facelifted model has been spied undergoing testing.

Audi's first foray into dedicated battery electric vehicles started with the e-tron back in 2018. Since then, Audi's EV lineup has expanded with the e-tron GT and Q4 e-tron, which will soon be joined by the larger Q6 e-tron. As Audi prepares to launch an onslaught of EVs before it becomes an electric-only brand in 2026, the German automaker is also updating its existing models.

As battery technology has evolved since it launched, the 2021 e-tron was updated with increased range. Now, Audi is preparing to give the e-tron a mid-cycle facelift. Back in October, we got our first look at the refreshed e-tron based on the coupe-style Sportback, and now the regular e-tron has been caught out in the wild.

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Our spies have spotted an Audi e-tron prototype being tested out in the cold in Sweden. The cold conditions will enable Audi to stress-test the electric components and see how cold weather affects the range and performance. Like the Sportback prototype spied in October, the refreshed e-tron is sporting a redesigned grille that looks smaller than the one on the current model.

The sleeker grille design could be inspired by the e-tron GT. Slimmer headlights and taillights also freshen up the design, and the camouflage applied to the front and rear suggests the 2022 e-tron will get redesigned front and rear bumpers.

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Our spy photographers were unable to get a look inside the cabin, but the changes will likely be minimal. At most, the infotainment system will be updated with the latest software. Reports have suggested the 2022 Audi e-tron will get a significant range boost. When it first launched, the e-tron delivered an EPA-estimated range of 204 miles. This increased to 222 miles in the 2021 update, but this is still less than the Telsa Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.

The refreshed e-tron will reportedly last up to 373 miles on a single charge, though this estimate is based on WLTP testing. If the report is accurate, the e-tron facelift will likely have an EPA-estimated range of over 300 miles. The updated e-tron is expected to debut next year and go on sale for the 2023 model year.

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