BRUSSELS — The Audi E-tron has given a new name to address the problem of uncompetitive range, which was seen as a major drawback when it was launched in 2018 as the Volkswagen Group’s first modern electric vehicle. , a new look, and significant improvements.
The first 2023 Audi Q8 E-tron available for sale left the assembly line here on Wednesday. Driven by factory manager Volker Germann, it boasts an estimated range of up to 600 kilometers (373 miles) under the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure currently in use in Europe.
The current Q8 E-tron will hit U.S. dealers in mid-2023 in both crossover and sportback versions. Audi hasn’t released an expected range in his EPA testing, but it equates to roughly 330 miles. By comparison, when his original E-tron arrived in the US in 2019, its rating was just 212 miles.
The Q8 E-tron’s 600-kilometer maximum range will be available in a more aerodynamic Sportback version fitted with a larger 115-kilowatt-hour battery pack. Bigger pack, Audi said. However, both versions come standard with a 95 kWh battery pack.