So far only confirmed for Europe, Audi's e-tron updates will most likely make their way to the US, too.
The Audi e-tron electric SUV has received some notable technical updates that improve efficiency and drivability, and extend the vehicle's total electric driving range by some 15 miles on the WLTP cycle.
So far, these changes have been confirmed only for the European market, but Autoblog reached out to Audi and was told that the revisions are expected to reach the US-market Audi e-tron for the 2020 model year. The coupe-like Audi e-tron Sportback unveiled at the 2019 LA Auto Show will get the updates from launch next fall.
Here's what Americans can expect...
Underneath, it's still essentially the same powertrain, with a 95-kWh battery pack driving a pair of electric motors, one at each axle, but with some meaningful tweaks.
In all, the updated Audi e-tron will deliver an extra 15.5 miles of driving range on the WLTP cycle, extending its total range from about 255 to 271 miles. (EPA figures are more conservative than those calculated in WLTP testing, so in the US, expect an EPA-estimated range of about 217 miles or so, up from 204.)
That change comes largely as a result of unlocking more of the Audi e-tron's 95-kWh battery pack; Audi's engineers have determined that it is safe to allow customers to use up to 86.5 kWh of the pack's total capacity, up from 83.6. It also comes from some changes to the front drive motor that allow it to be almost completely decoupled from the propulsion system during normal operation, minimizing drag until the driver requests extra torque.
To improve the driving experience, Audi's engineers also developed new brakes for the Audi e-tron that manage to reduce "residual brake torque" - the slight, ever-present braking force that occurs simply as a result of the calipers' proximity to the discs.
Other changes to the Audi e-tron's propulsion system include more aggressive coasting energy recuperation modes, which improve the "one-pedal driving" feel and allow the e-tron to regenerate more energy under coasting, and some improvements to thermal management to boost efficiency even further.
The Audi e-tron lineup is part of an EV offensive that will see Audi launch more than 30 pure EVs and plug-in hybrids by 2025.