Audi E-Tron Electric SUV unveiled today; check price and specs

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Sep 18, 2018, 06:09 PM IST

German luxury car maker Audi today launched a new electric sport utility (SUV) vehicle, E-Tron, which will go on sale in Europe by the end of September 2018. The deliveries are expected to begin by the end of this year. According to reports, prices for the Audi E-Tron SUV begin at 79,000 Euros or Rs 66.92 lakh. Audi is likely to bring the E-Tron to India by the end of 2019. Image source: Reuters



The German luxury car brand staged the global launch of the new electric sport utility vehicle on the home turf of rival Tesla Inc, highlighting a deal with Inc to make recharging its forthcoming e-tron models easier, said a Reuters report. The Audi e-tron midsize SUV will be offered in the United States next year at a starting price of $75,795 before a $7,500 tax credit. Image source: Reuters


The latest launch aims at expanding the market for premium electric vehicles and also to grab share of that market from Palo Alto, California-based Tesla. "I want Audi to be the number-one electric vehicle seller in America over the long term," Audi of America President Scott Keogh told Reuters. Image source: Reuters


Audi will partner with Amazon to sell and install home electric vehicle charging systems to buyers of the e-tron. 
Audi executives reportedly said that home charging stations would cost about $1,000, depending on the home`s electrical system. Image source: Reuters


Audi has been heralding the launch of the e-tron SUV for some time, but until Monday it had not shared many details of the vehicle. The e-tron is electric, and has two electric motors - one in the front and one in the rear - driving all four wheels. Image source: Reuters


The e-tron is a conventional, mainstream luxury SUV, offering seating for five. Its length and wheelbase position is in the center of the market for midsize, five-passenger luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5. Image source: Reuters


The e-tron is 5 inches (13 cm) shorter than the Tesla Model X, and has conventional doors. The e-tron will have an advanced cruise-control system that can keep the car within a lane and maintain a set distance behind another vehicle, but the system will be designed so that drivers must keep hands on the wheel. Image source: IANS