Currently reading: Audi E-tron set to get 373-mile range for next generation
Electric SUV shows off new look, and is set to get a bigger battery, better electronics and more efficient motors

Audi plans to upgrade its E-tron and E-tron Sportback SUVs with a new-generation battery, affording them longer ranges, as part of their facelifts during the latter half of 2022.

Shown off in near-complete prototype form by the German brand, it is aiming to extend the shelf life of the flagship siblings until at least 2025, when they’re set to be replaced by an all-new SUV, possibly called the Q8 E-tron.

Both variants of the updated E-tron – the SUV and rakish-roofed Sportback – will also get subtly overhauled styling, with a new-look grille, revised bumpers and redesigned headlight clusters among the updates. 

Along with the new battery, the E-trons are earmarked to receive more efficient electric motors and an upgraded electronics system that will enable greater energy recuperation among other enhanced functions.

Audi e tron prototype rear side

Autocar has been told by sources inside Audi that the upgrades to the powertrain will boost range to more than 373 miles for both variants. By comparison, the 95kWh battery currently used delivers a maximum range of 249 miles.

The first two models in a growing range of electric Audi models, the E-tron and E-tron Sportback were introduced to the UK in 2019 and 2020 respectively. They are based on a modified version of Audi’s MLB architecture, which was originally developed for ICE cars, making them inherently more compromised than an entirely EV-specific creation.

The mid-life upgrade for the SUVs is planned despite the pending arrival of the Q6 E-tron, which is based on the new EV-specific PPE platform that was developed in an engineering joint venture between Audi and Porsche.

“There will be a facelift for the E-tron SUV and the E-tron Sportback,” a high-ranking Audi official told Autocar. “They will both be significantly upgraded with a number of technical updates that will further increase their competitiveness.”

Following confirmation of the new Q6 E-tron at the Shanghai motor show last year, suggestions were that it could replace the E-tron and E-tron Sportback. However, while the Q6 E-tron will also offer both regular SUV and coupé-inspired Sportback bodystyles, it is described as being smaller than today’s E-tron flagship pairing.

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“The Q6 E-tron will compete in a different market segment to the E-tron and E-tron Sportback,” our source said. “It’s smaller – roughly the size of the [conventionally powered] Q5. However, the dedicated platform will allow it to offer interior and load-carrying space similar to today’s Q7.”

The source added that the Q6 E-tron, which is being developed in parallel with the upcoming new-generation electric Porsche Macan, is planned for launch in 2023.

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Peter Cavellini 27 September 2022

 Wouldn't be building them if they weren't popular?, you wouldn't sell thousands if the were rubbish would you?, saying this assumes we all know very little about cars, and our choices are often bad.

xxxx 27 September 2022

Kept the best parts of Audi design and tidyied it up a bit, especially the front end where most BEV don't know what direction to take. Scale this down to A3 size and it'll be a BEV winner in the class.

Andrew1 27 September 2022
"new look" right...
I thought the EV era will be a blessing for Audi, they will finally give up on that huge, vulgar grille. But no, it's still there and keeps growing. I guess we'll have to wait until it's and big as the entire front end. From there it can only get smaller, right?