Audi is giving its e-tron SUV a facelift, to keep it looking fresh until it’s eventually replaced by what we’re hearing will be an Audi Q8 e-tron. The facelift isn’t said to be mild, though, as rumors are claiming a subtle exterior redesign will accompany a surprising amount of mechanical and technical upgrades. That new facelift will also extend to the Audi e-tron Sportback model, which was just recently seen doing some public testing. (We don’t own the spy photos but you can see them here)
Seen in the photos, the Audi e-tron Sportback seems to keep most of its design; its headlights are the same, its taillights seem familiar, and its grille shape seems similar, too. However, it wears a surprising amount of camouflage on both its front and rear ends, so there’s a chance Audi did update its looks a bit more than it currently seems. Though, in fairness, looks were never the e-tron Sportback’s issue.
Instead, both the standard Audi e-tron and its Sportback sibling had issues with range, performance, and handling. Let’s start with range, though, as that’s the biggest issue. The Audi e-tron Sportback, in Europe, has a range of 249 miles. While that’s fine, realistically, it’s not enough to compete with cars like the Tesla Model X and even now the BMW iX. However, Audi is said to be remedying that, as an Autocar report from June last year claims that Audi will be fitting the e-tron with a new generation of battery packs that will give it up to 373 miles (600 km).
How true is that? We’re not sure, especially since Autocar also reported that Audi was buying McLaren and the latter was not happy with the rumor. Though, where there’s smoke, there’s often fire and we’ve heard Audi is updating the battery from other sources, too.
There are also rumors that Audi will switch its name, too. While we know whatever car replaces the current e-tron will come with a new name, there’s a rumor that the Q8 e-tron name will come with the facelift. It would make sense, as the current naming setup is confusing, with other cars like the Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT having additional nomenclature with which to identify the model.
We’ll find out all of it for sure toward the end of 2022, when Audi finally reveals the updated e-tron and e-tron Sportback.
[Source: Car Scoops]