When an established and reliable company like Audi comes out with an electric crossover, people notice. Sure, the Tesla Model X is a flashy, cutting-edge crossover EV that's about as fast and complex as they come, but the new Audi e-tron comes at you from a different angle. Now, the vehicle in its production form is official, as you can see in the photos here. As far as style is concerned, it slots in between the rather dramatic Tesla Model X and the rather dull-looking Mercedes-Benz EQC we showed you recently.
Though the styling is more futuristic, it's still definitely an Audi.
The conservatively styled exterior blends elements of the Q8 premium crossover and the current allroad station wagon. Though there are dramatic elements like the silver grille and stylized headlights, the overall shape is very Audi. We're glad Audi didn't give it dumpy-looking fuel-efficient wheels that usually look like dressed up pie tins. The appropriate amount of body creases and the yellow e-tron lettering on the fender trim look fantastic.
So, what about range and power? The E-Tron has two electric motors, one for the rear, and a smaller one for the front wheels. Power is approximately 355 horsepower a strong 414 lb-ft of torque in normal mode, along with an overboost function that can bump the output to 402 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque for 8 seconds of bliss. 0-60 comes in a quick 5.5 seconds, and it tops out at 124 mph. But it's not just for hauling people since the e-tron also can tow up to 4,000 pounds when equipped with the optional towing package.
The battery pack is a 95-kWh unit, and though EPA range isn't official, the WLTP (Europe's Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure) rating is 248 miles. Owners will be able to capitalize on the e-tron's 150-kW DC fast charging, which will allow it to regain 80 percent of its range in 30 minutes. The e-tron comes with a charger for 120-volt or 240-volt electrical outlets and 1,000 kWh of electricity from Electrify America charging stations.
Nobody does interiors like Audi, and the e-tron's gorgeous setup is no exception.
The cabin is another stunner from Audi with clean styling and cutting edge tech in the form of two big touchscreens (10.1 inches and 8.6, both mounted in the center stack). Audi's superb Virtual Cockpit is also present in the instrument cluster. The side mirrors are cameras that project onto displays inside. For drivers, the e-tron has independent suspension at all four corners and an automatic air suspension that raises for off-roading and lowers for highway speeds. There are seven driving modes that range from Eco to Dynamic and Off-Road.
So, what will the e-tron cost you? The entry-level Premium Plus model starts at $75,795 and comes with a 16-speaker Band & Olufsen sound system, 12-way power heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and big 20-inch alloy wheels. Prestige trim costs a not unhealthy $82,795 and adds a head-up display, massage seats, soft close doors, dual-pane windows for sound insulation, leather, memory driver's seat, an air quality package, and the Driver Assistance Package. At launch, there will be a limited First Edition model for $87,695, and it adds 21-inch wheels, special orange brake calipers and night vision capability. The lowest price comes in a few thousand less than the Tesla Model X's $79,500 asking price. A coincidence? We think not.
The e-tron will sell as a 2020 model starting in the second quarter of 2019. Audi is taking refundable $1,000 deposits right now after you use the configurator to pick what you want your e-tron to look like. It looks like the age of electric SUVs is upon us, and Telsa won't have the monopoly anymore.