Audi’s first all-electric SUV will be available in Summer 2019.
Moving on from dipping its toe in the electric market with previous e-tron models, now Audi is ready to bring its first all-electric model to market. The Audi e-tron is something we’ve been waiting for awhile now, and reservations are now open. For a $1,000 reservation fee, customers can configure their e-tron ahead of the mid-2019 delivery. Prices start at $75,795 for the Premium Plus – including a $995 destination fee, all the way up to the $87,695 “First Edition” model. First Edition customers will see one of just 999 special edition e-trons make it to their driveways when Audi’s first fully-electric car hits the market.
So what do you get for your money? Apart from the typical Audi fare – 20 or 21-inch wheels, full LED lighting, Audi’s MMI infotainment system and a B&O sound system, you get a five-seater SUV with a 95 kWh capacity.
As with other Audi models, you also get the brand’s virtual cockpit. Audi also features two infotainment screens – one for the climate controls, and the other for navigation and media.
Audi e-tron by the numbers
While Audi hasn’t released exact horsepower figures, here are the numbers we do know. At 193 inches long with a 115.1-inch wheelbase, it’s slightly shorter than a Q7. It’s also 0.8 inches narrower and 3.0 inches shorter. Thanks to the Q8-like styling, it also carries 57.0 cubic feet of cargo with the seats down.
Audi did not disclose power figures – those will be closer available to launch – but we do know about its battery. The 90-inch long and 63.4-inch wide battery system stores up to 95 kWh of energy. That’s 50% more than a Chevrolet Bolt and about on par with a top-spec Tesla Model X. Audi did state it will hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 124 mph. The Audi e-tron packs two asynchronous motors capable of sending torque to each axle as needed. Weight distribution is evenly split at 50:50 and it’s capable of towing up to 4,000 pounds.
As this is an electric car, it makes sense that it has an electric all-wheel drive system. Rather than the mechanical quattro setup in other Audis, this uses the electric motors to spontaneously shift torque around via the electric motors in a fraction of a second.
The Audi e-tron supports both AC and DC charging using hte SAE J1772 and Combined Charging System (CCS) standards. The car is capable of charging at 150 kW charging stations, where they’re available. That means customers can charge up their cars to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. On normal Level 2, 240-volt chargers, you’re able to charge the car up overnight.
Audi is also offering customers the chance to set up home charging through Amazon Home Services. Those who do will get a complimentary 1000 kWh of charge through Electrify America. The Audi e-tron has regenerative braking, naturally, and that should also help recover some energy to power the 95 kWh battery pack.
Find out more soon as we have our first chance to get up close and personal with the production Audi e-tron. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates!