Audi's Smaller e-tron Model Arriving Sooner Than Expected

2019 Geneva Motor Show

The e-tron family is about to get bigger (and smaller).

Even though Audi hasn't delivered the e-tron SUV to customers in the US yet, the German automaker continues to show how it plans to expand its electric car lineup. The e-tron GT previewed a Tesla Model S rivaling sedan and Audi is rumored to be building a new electric SUV to sit below the e-tron. This smaller SUV is expected to ride on Volkswagen's MEB platform, which will underpin the company's upcoming line of electric ID models.

We didn't think this new model would make its debut until 2020 before hitting the roads in 2021. However, according to AutoExpress, Audi's smaller electric SUV will arrive much sooner than expected - at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Like the e-tron GT, the car shown at Geneva will be a close-to-production concept meant to preview Audi's next electric model. While the e-tron competes against the Jaguar I-Pace, Tesla Model X, and the upcoming BMW iX3 and Mercedes EQC, this new model will essentially be an electric sibling to the sub-compact Q3 crossover. It will eventually do battle with the rumored Tesla Model Y and all-electric Volvo XC40. Like the larger e-tron, we expect this smaller model to borrow heavily from the Q3's design while integrating a few unique styling features.

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There are still several details we don't know about this upcoming model, such as what it will cost or what the interior will look like. The larger e-tron rides on Audi's unique platform, so its interior looks much like other recent Audi models. Since this new model will be based on a VW platform, its interior styling may be more minimal.

Audi has yet to confirm battery sizes but the base car is expected to be a 48kWh model capable of traveling 205 miles on a single charge. 60- and 80-kWh versions may also be available, enabling up to 310 miles of range. Since the concept will be close to production specification, this new model may well be on sale as early as 2020.

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