The Audi E-Tron SUV was the brand’s first fully electric vehicle to be mass-produced. Audi’s EV range has grown since the model started production in 2018, and an update is pending. A new batch of spy photos from our photographers captured the coupe-style E-Tron Sportback while testing it while wearing a bit of camouflage for the front and rear aprons. However, if the rumors are true, the model will receive more than just a visual update.
At the beginning of the summer, a report said that Audi was planning to give the E-Tron a new battery and new electric motors. The revised powertrain would give the model more range – from 249 miles in the UK to more than 373. In the US, which has more stringent testing procedures, the model offers a range of 222 miles, despite having the updated powertrain too. The new internals would supposedly extend their life cycle through 2025.
The E-Tron will also receive a modest design update, although the camouflage covers the changes to this test vehicle. The fairings likely hide new headlights, a revised grille and an optimized front bumper. At the rear, the taillights look a bit slimmer and it seems as if the light strip across the rear is still there. Any interior updates are likely to be kept to a minimum, although the company could reposition some aspects.
The updated E-Tron is not expected to hit the market until the end of next year as a 2023 model, which is in line with the earlier report on the model’s updated powertrain, which hits the market that same year. Both E-Tron body styles will receive the updated design, and that should include the revised powertrain. Audi will want to keep the E-Tron competitive as competition increases over the next few years as more and more automakers launch new electric vehicles for the first time.