Back in 2018, Audi debuted its first-ever all-electric production vehicle — the Audi e-tron. Fast forward almost four years and the e-tron is behind the time, to say the least. To be perfectly honest, the original e-tron was dated the moment it hit dealerships, lacking the range and power of equivalently-priced Teslas. However, it did its job; it got Audi’s electrified foot in the door and showed the world that Audi could make stylish, luxurious, and practical EVs. Now, though, it’s time for the e-tron to be replaced with something a bit more modern — the Audi Q8 e-tron.
Just last Friday, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann announced that the Audi Q8 e-tron will be built at the brand’s Brussels, Belgium plant, replacing the current e-tron SUV.
“The future will be electric. Our factory in Forest is carbon neutral. And when we deliver a new vehicle, it is with a ‘zero emissions’ perspective. Based on this experience, the next car produced here will be the Audi Q8 e-tron, the electric successor to the current e-tron. This choice is explained by the current success,” said Duesmann.
It seems as though the Audi Q8 e-tron will take the place of the current e-tron in 2026. The current Audi e-tron SUV will undergo a facelift in 2023 and that will run for a few years, before being killed off in favor of the upcoming Q8 e-tron.
According to recent reports, the Audi Q8 e-tron will be built on one of Audi’s dedicated EV architectures, most likely its new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture, which will also underpin the Audi A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron. It will also get an all-new battery pack, versus the current and already old e-tron’s battery.
The Audi Q8 e-tron is the third confirmed upcoming electric vehicle from the four-ringed brand. The first two are the aforementioned A6 e-tron and Q6 e-tron, both of which will be revealed next year. So it’s going to be an exciting few years for Audi, as more and more EVs start hitting the market. And it all started with the 2018 Audi e-tron SUV. It may have been flawed but Audi wouldn’t be here today without it.