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News Audi e-tron Becomes Q8 e-tron, Gets Facelift and Big Range Boost

Audi e-tron Becomes Q8 e-tron, Gets Facelift and Big Range Boost

  • The e-tron is now the Q8 e-tron to make Audi’s line easier

  • Facelift includes better aerodynamics for more range

Audi’s e-tron is already getting a refresh, just a couple of years after the brand launched the EV. It’s also getting a new name, one that should make the Audi lineup a lot less confusing as it fills up with e-tron EVs. Say hello to the 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron.

It’s more than just a new name, helping separate it from the e-tron GT and Q4 e-tron. It’s a facelift that gives it a new grille that more closely resembles the e-tron GT and Q4 visually. The grille adds a light bar as well, atop the Audi logo, that connects the headlights. This is also the first Audi to wear a new styling treatment: a model badge with Audi lettering on the B-pillar.

Audi has made some changes to the Q8 e-tron’s driveline as well, making the electric more efficient. The Q8 e-tron 55 will make the same 402 hp and 490 lb-ft as before, and the now-badged SQ8 e-tron will get three motors, 496 hp, and 718 lb-ft. Those aren’t the changes, though, it’s the battery.

The pack size grows slightly, from 95 kWh usable to 106 kWh. The range, though, is way up. Audi says to expect up to 582 km for the SUV and 600 for the Sportback, both on the WLTP cycle. The 2023 model’s max was just 441 km on the same test or 453 for Sportback. Some of the credit here comes from a new rear motor as well as improved aero from the new nose and new wheel spoilers.

Audi says it was able to enhance charging capacity as well. The Q8 e-tron will charge at up to 170kW on a Level 3 DC charger, climbing from 10 to 80 percent in 31 minutes. Importantly, that same charge will now get you more distance, further reducing charging times. Standard L2 home charging is up to 11 kW, but 22 kW fast L2 will be an option.

There are some new driver aids as well. Remote Park Assist is one and will maneuver the Q8 e-tron into tight spaces even if the driver is outside and using the app. It can un-park the vehicle as well. For customers in Europe and the U.S., the Q8 will be certified as net carbon neutral thanks to the increased use of recycled materials and materials that can be recycled.

The 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron and Sportback are expected to start production in February. Expect North American sales to start the end of April.

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