At the 2019 LA Auto Show, Audi showed off its all-new e-tron Sportback, the sportier sibling to the standard e-tron SUV. Mechanically, the two cars are very similar but there are some small differences. For instance, the newer Sportback model debuted with between 10-20 miles of additional range (Audi is still awaiting final EPA numbers).
That extra range is simply due to Audi realizing it can use more of its battery capacity, without risking any longevity. Now, it seems as if Audi is making the same change to the standard car, as the Audi e-tron will get the same battery update as its Sportback sibling.
Of its 95 kWh battery pack, the Audi e-tron previously only used about 80-percent of it. Now, it uses about 95 percent of it, which comes out to 86.5 kWh.
Audi has been able to make this bump in energy usage thanks to a couple of things. One, its engineers learned that they could use more of the battery without risking premature battery degradation, something they original were overly cautious of. The second is the car’s slightly revised thermal management. The latter is important because, if the Audi e-tron can keep its battery cool, it can use more of its energy.
Along with the additional battery capacity, the Audi e-tron will also get a sportier new S-Line package. This comes with sportier looking 20-inch wheels, a more aggressive front bumper featuring larger air intakes, a roof spoiler and a rear diffuser.
So despite only having been on sale for about a year, the all-new Audi e-tron has received some updates. Thankfully, Audi is willing to quickly update existing models if possible, as soon as a new potential upgrade is found. It shows Audi is committed to making the best possible electric vehicle. Now only if it could figure out how to shed some pounds because the Audi e-tron is a real porker.