Audi has taken the covers off the 2023 Audi Q8 e-tron. The SUV will make its way to India next year.
“With our corporate strategy ‘Vorsprung 2030’, we have set a fixed date for phasing out combustion engines and clearly decided that Audi will become a fully electric brand within 11 years,” Markus said. said Diosman, Chairman of the Board of Management. Audi AG.
“The new Audi Q8 e-tron, with its improved performance and range and improved design, is another important component of our electric portfolio that excites people about electromobility with emotional models for everyday use. are suitable.” Audi board member for technological development Oliver Hoffmann also focused on the increased customer benefits from these reforms. “In the new Q8 e-tron, we were able to significantly increase both battery capacity and charging efficiency. This allowed us to achieve the best balance between energy density and charging capacity, while increasing efficiency. allowed,” Hoffman said. “On top of that, we optimized the motors, progressive steering, and chassis control systems – and thus the dynamic driving characteristics that are typical of Audi in all versions of the Q8 e-tron.”
First, the Q8 e-tron is basically a rebranded version of the e-tron and e-tron Sportback currently on sale. With the Q8 tag, Audi is making it clear that this will be the flagship product among their electric SUVs and crossovers. The Q8 e-tron gets an all-new design and interiors that make it a completely new car.
The Q8 e-tron gets a new trapezoidal grille finished in silver with a blacked-out 2D Audi four-ring logo. The front bumper has been completely redesigned giving the car a sportier look. The headlamp cluster has received very minor design changes, what hasn’t changed is the rear design which is more or less similar to the outgoing car. The B-Pillar has new Audi lettering and if you look at it from the side, you won’t notice any change in the overall silhouette.
The Q8 e-tron gets reworked aerodynamics thanks to a new bumper design that has helped reduce the drag coefficient from 0.26 to 0.24 for the Sportback variant and from 0.28 to 0.27 for the regular variant.
What hasn’t changed?
The interior of the Q8 e-tron is similar to the outgoing car. You’ll still get a feature-rich cabin with a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control with the option to upgrade to four-zone. Two high-res displays continue to be on offer, equipped with a virtual cockpit, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Audi Connect, and all the bells and whistles. Buyers will also be allowed to choose the type of upholstery they want in their car.
Drivetrain and battery
The Q8 e-tron will come with three drivetrain options and two battery capacity options. The base Q8 50 e-tron gets an 89 kWh (95 kWh overall) battery pack while the top Q8 55 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron get a 106 kWh (114 kWh overall) pack. The former now supports a larger battery charging capacity of up to 150kW and the more powerful 55 and SQ8 support up to 170kW charging. Using these high capacity chargers under standard conditions one can go from 10% charge to 80% within 31 minutes of charging. This translates to a range of up to 420 km according to WLTP.
The 2023 e-tron will be launched in European markets by February 23. In India we will get the new e-tron in a few months. The base price of the Audi Q8 e-tron in Germany will be 74,400 euros.
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