Right now, the Audi e-tron is on its way to customers’ driveways. While you won’t see any on dealer lots, as Audi dealers won’t be stocking them for cost reasons, customers can begin ordering their e-trons now and will be getting them sometime in 2019. However, there’s likely to be a lot of potential customers still on the fence about buying Audi’s first-ever electric car. Cost is a big part of that, as the Audi e-tron isn’t cheap. Those customers might be in luck, with an entry-level version coming in about a year.
According to this new report from Autocar, the Audi e-tron will be getting an entry-level model with a smaller battery. When speaking to Audi’s powertrain director Siegfried Pint, they learned that the smaller battery/lower range e-tron will arrive “in the next 12 months”. That might seem like a long time but it could be worth the wait for customers who don’t need the full 248 miles of range of the current car and could benefit from the lower cost.
The entry-level model will cost quite a bit less than the current model we see now, but it will also have quite a bit less range. There’s no word on how much it will cost or how much lower its range will be but we’re assuming the drop-off for both will be significant enough to warrant another model. That smaller battery will also make it less powerful and slower.
We’re not sure if such an entry-level Audi e-tron model would come to America but we don’t see why not. The average total daily range for Americans is less than 50 miles, so a smaller-range/lower-cost Audi e-tron would probably do well here. We’ll see within the next year or so.
Though, it must be said that the need for a lower-cost e-tron SUV might be offset by the upcoming compact Audi e-tron hatchback that should be debuting in the next couple of months.