After years of rumors and concepts, the Audi E-Tron electric SUV has finally arrived. Just in time too as the luxury EV SUV segment is flourishing with three new models expected to hit the market in the next 18 months.
This obviously includes the Audi E-Tron which will take on the Jaguar I-Pace set to go on sale this year, and the Mercedes-Benz EQC unveiled last week which will arrive in 2019.
Starting at $74,800 in the U.S. (Canadian pricing has yet to be announced), the Audi E-Tron will be slighty more expensive than the I-Pace ($69,500). We don’t yet know how much Mercedes-Benz will charge for the EQC.
There will be three versions of the E-Tron. A Prestige model ($81,800) and a First Edition ($86,700) will join the entry-level Premium Plus model in Audi showrooms in the U.S. Canadian specs shouldn’t be too different.
About 320 kilometers of range for the 2020 Audi E-Tron EV
Arriving in 2019 as well, the new E-Tron will get its power from a 95-kWh battery (the EQC’s battery has 80 kWh while the Jag’s has 90) which will translate into 248 miles of range on the Euro Drive Cycle. In North America, expect that number to be closer to 200 miles of range, or 320 kilometers.
That would put the E-Tron behind the I-Pace (378 kilometers of range) with a similar range as the Mercedes-Benz EQC. Again, we’ll have to wait for official North American numbers before we can effectively compare.
Charging time will vary from 4.5 hours to 8.5 hours at home, and fast charging capability will rejuvenate 80% of the battery in less than 30 minutes.
Inside, the new Audi E-Tron gets a fully digital instrument cluster while heated and cooled seats and a premium Bang & Olufsen system among a host of features will be available.
Like the Lexus ES in Japan, the E-Tron gets camera-based side-view mirrors, but only in Europe. We’re not that cool in North America yet.
The 2020 Audi E-Tron arrives next year, probably in time to compete with the EQC due in the spring.