But will the US model get the same improvements?
The Audi e-tron has only been on sale for a few months, but the German automaker has already made a significant improvement to the electric SUV after unveiling the Audi e-tron Sportback at the 2019 LA Auto Show. In Europe, the Audi e-tron launched with a range of 255.4 miles based on the WLTP cycle, but this has now increased to 270.9 miles in Europe's e-tron 55 quattro.
It may not be a massive improvement, but every mile counts, and Audi isn't charging any extra for the updated model, which starts at €80,900 ($89,000) in Germany. For comparison, the US model has an EPA range of 204 miles, but Audi hasn't confirmed if the improved version will be available in America.
The improved range was achieved thanks to a new type of wheel brake that reduces residual brake torque, which refers to losses that occur as a result of the brake calipers being located next to the brake discs. The drive system is also now more efficient. In normal driving conditions, the motor on the rear axle provides propulsion as standard.
Thanks to Audi's optimizations, the front electric motor is almost entirely disengaged and disconnected from the electricity supply, and is only activated when more power is needed. The 95-kWh battery in the Audi e-tron 55 quattro also has an increased usable range with a net power figure of 86.5 kWh, and cooling has been improved to regulate the temperature of the high-voltage components even more efficiently.
In addition, the e-tron's recuperation system has been improved, which Audi says contributes to 30 percent of the overall range. Energy can be recovered when the driver releases the accelerator or depresses the brake pedal. In both cases, the electric motors function as generators and convert kinetic energy into electrical energy.
The upgrades aren't only mechanical either, as Audi is giving the e-tron's exterior a sporty makeover with the new S-Line package, which adds 20-inch wheels, sport air suspension, and a body kit that adds a more aggressive front bumper and more prominent air curtains to improve airflow. An S line emblem adorns the radiator grille, while the illuminated aluminum door sill trims feature an S logo. In contrast to the standard model, the attachments on the S line exterior are painted in the exterior body color, including the wheel arch trims, door sills, bumpers and exterior mirrors.