With so many new and improved electric models coming from Audi over the next few years, you might think the original e-tron electric vehicle from the four rings might be forgotten. Don’t count it out just yet though, as rumors from reliable press sources suggest the ur e-tron will get a significant upgrade in its mid-life cycle.
The often reliably right Greg Kable from Britain’s AutoCar Magazine suggests the e-tron and e-tron Sportback will get their scheduled freshening in the latter half of 2022, an update complete with a significant battery upgrade.
The e-tron sometimes takes lumps for its 200 mile range. Ingolstadt aims to change that though with an updated and upgraded battery that will see range grow to a reported 370+ miles.
Our exclusive rendering isn’t the upcoming car, but it’s based on the existing car with a few updated styling cues from the more recent Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT models. Typically, mid-lifecycle changes don’t include changes to metal stampings like fenders, leaving updates for “soft points” such as headlights, taillights, bumpers and grilles. In as much, we left the e-tron bodywork without much of any changes as we did our best to envision the updated car.
Interestingly, Audi plans to continue to sell the original e-tron models sold alongside the upcoming Q6 that will be based on the new PPE platform and boasting even further range. Unlike the loosely MLB-derived e-tron pair, the PPE-based Q6 will not be compromised with legacy ICE architecture, meaning space savings that will see the roughly Q5-sized Q6 feature an interior closer to that of the Q7. Whenever the e-tron migrates to PPE, it may change its name to Q8.
Read the full rumor story at AutoCar HERE.