It’s been said for some time that Audi would be offering an entry-level e-tron SUV in Europe, with a lower price and a lower range. According to Car and Driver, it seems as if the Norwegians are getting such a car before anyone else, which makes sense with how well EVs sell in Norway. This new entry-level Audi e-tron ’50’ just went on sale in Norway and its Launch Edition costs the equivalent of $54,800. That’s almost $20,000 less than the standard car.
Not only is the entry-level Audi e-tron 50 cheaper, it also boasts considerably less range. Rather than the standard e-tron 55’s 250-mile WLTP-rated range, the Audi e-tron 50 only gets 186 miles. That’s still a hefty amount and more than almost any customer will need. Especially in Norway, where the average daily trip is quite short. Plus, Norway has one of the better fast-charging networks in the world.
This e-tron 50 is also slower than the standard car. While it still has two motors, one at each axle, it takes around 7.0 seconds to get from 0-60 mph, which is slower than the e-tron 55’s 5.7 seconds. In reality, that difference is small because it’s not as if the original e-tron feels particularly fast.
Almost all of the regular car’s luxury features carryover to the cheaper model, though. So the e-tron 50 still gets a snazzy leather interior, tons of cabin technology, fast-charging capabilities and adaptive air suspension.
There will be three trim levels for the Audi e-tron 50 in Norway: the aforementioned Launch Edition ($54,800), Advanced Business ($61,300) and Advanced Sport ($65,8000). That’s about the same as the equivalent range Tesla Model 3 for Norwegians but it offers more interior space and more luxury. So for customers who don’t need the extra 60-70 miles of range that the full-spec Audi e-tron offers, the entry-level models makes so much sense.
Sadly, it won’t be offered here in the ‘States, at least as far as we know at the moment.Car and Driver]