Audi’s E-Tron is already probably the most compelling of the electrical crossover SUVs, because of a mixture of excellent appears, glorious construct high quality and an expensive cabin. Where it does not excel is range, which at its 2019 launch was rated at simply 204 miles by the EPA.
For 2021 (Audi determined to skip the 2020 mannequin yr), Audi has made some effectivity enhancements that see range within the E-Tron enhance to an EPA estimate of 222 miles (the car is but to be examined by the company).
One of the enhancements sees the entrance motor disengage throughout regular driving, solely approaching when the motive force calls for extra energy or traction.
2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback
The usable capability of the E-Tron’s 95-kilowatt-hour battery was additionally been elevated by three kwh over the 2019 mannequin to a brand new determine of 86.5 kwh. Audi leaves the buffer to counter any drop within the battery’s efficiency over the lifetime of the car.
The 2021 E-Tron Sportback’s range is unchanged from the beforehand introduced 218 miles.
Perhaps of extra curiosity to potential consumers is a considerable price drop. The 2021 E-Tron is priced to begin at $66,995, which is about $9,000 lower than the beginning price of the 2019 mannequin.
Audi E-Tron S and E-Tron S Sportback
The 2021 E-Tron Sportback is priced to begin at $70,195, which is about $8,200 lower than the 2020 mannequin. All figures embody vacation spot.
What’s the catch? The beginning price is for a brand new Premium grade, whereas beforehand the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback lineups began with the better-equipped Premium Plus grades. The Premium misses out on some extras reminiscent of Matrix LED headlights, heated rear seats, a wi-fi charging dock for cellular units, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and some different minor objects. Upgrading to the Premium Plus in 2021 additionally sees a second charging level added, so a charging cable will be plugged in on both facet of the car.
Audi has extra in retailer for each the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback. Still on the best way are sporty S variants that boast a 496-horsepower three-motor powertrain (a primary for mainstream EVs) and a horny wide-body design.