Audi e-tron, with restyling becomes the Q8 e-tron. Appearance tweaks and more independence

It’s finally time for the Audi e-tron Allow yourself to restyle your hair. This model debuted in 2018, ushering in the era of electric cars for the German brand. Now, for this car, also in Sportback version (SUV Coupé) comes an update that introduces many new features. In addition to design improvements that also improve aerodynamics, more efficient engines, new batteries and Greater autonomy.

In addition, with the restyling of the electric car changing the name. As expected in the past, the Audi e-tron The Audi Q8 e-tron becomes. Careful selection to harmonize this model with the increasingly wide range of electrics from the German manufacturer. Therefore, there is one way to determine that this car is the best model of all electric cars for the 4-ring house. Electric SUVs will continue to be offered even in the most performing cars SQ8 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron versions.

The new Audi Q8 e-tron and Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron, which can be ordered from mid-November, are scheduled to be launched at the end of February 2023 in Germany and in the most important European markets. In the United States, the model is expected to reach the market at the end of April 2023.

As we write, Italian market prices have not been disclosed. However, the price of the new electric SUV in Germany will start at 73,000 euros.

Design and Interior

SUVs continue to always be on the MLB Evo platform. Dimensions The Audi Q8 e-tron measures 4,915 mm long x 1,937 mm long x 1,633 mm high (1,619 mm in the Sportback), with a wheelbase of 2,928 mm. The SQ8 e-tron and SQ8 Sportback e-tron are both 2 mm lower and 39 mm wide.

the trunk 569 liters and drops to 528 liters for the Sportback. There is also 62 liters in the front luggage compartment, the so-called “luggage compartment”. The restyling brings some design innovations, particularly to the fore with the goal of revamping the look of the electric SUV. We find, for example, some modifications to the monocoque, bumper and headlights. Optionally, the electric SUV can be equipped with Matrix LED digital headlights.

There are also new alloy wheels with an improved aerodynamic design. I made my very own Audi on aerodynamics to make it more efficient In order to reduce consumption.

The result is a Cx that has gone from 0.28 to 0.27 for the Q8 e-tron and from 0.26 to 0.24 for the Q8 Sportback e-tron. Speaking of the cabin, new upholstery arrives, while the panoramic roof allows you to give a sense of more space. As an alternative to the standard two-zone automatic climate control, Audi also offers four-zone automatic climate control.

There’s also plenty of tech inside the cabin. Next to the Audi virtual cockpit Measuring 12.3 inches, the electric SUV can count on two additional screens in the center of the dashboard. The first 10.1 inches for the actual infotainment system (MMI platform) and the second, below, 8.6 inches from which to manage a series of vehicle functions. In this way it was possible to eliminate most of the physical commands. It is clear that passengers are still able to manage the various functions of the car through the use of voice commands.

Engines and safety

Speaking of engines, new electric SUVs have been proposed in versions Audi Q8 50 e-tron, Audi Q8 55 e-tron and Audi SQ8 e-tron. On the other hand, the SUV Coupé model is offered in variants Audi Q8 50 Sportback e-tron, Audi Q8 55 Sportback e-tron and Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron. Let’s get into the details.

For the Audi Q8 50 e-tron and the Audi Q8 50 Sportback e-tron, there is a powertrain with 250 kW dual electric motor Peak with 664 Nm of torque. to feed everyone 95 kWh battery (89 kWh usable) which can be recharged in direct current with a maximum power of 150 kW. Autonomy up to 491 km and up to 505 km for the Sportback. The maximum speed is limited to 200 km / h.

Alternatively, the Audi Q8 55 e-tron and the Audi Q8 55 Sportback e-tron can count on the always-on powertrain with a twin-electric drive. But with 300 kW and 664 Nm of torque. there The battery rises to 114 kWh (106 kWh usable). Composite that can supply DC power up to a maximum power of 170 kW. Autonomy 582 km and 600 km for Sportpak. Speed ​​is always limited to 200 km/h.

Finally, we have the Audi SQ8 e-tron and the sportier Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron. In this case, the powertrain is characterized by The presence of 3 electric motors (one in the front and two in the back) in total 370 kW and 973 Nm of torque. The battery is always 114 kWh (106 kWh usable). Autonomy of 494 km and 513 km for the Sportback. The maximum speed is 210 km / h.

For AC charging, Audi offers an 11 kW charger as standard. From 22 kW as an option.

Audi Q8 e-tron supports Delivery and charging function. Therefore, from compatible poles, such as IONITY poles, simply plug in the cable to start the power supply without using cards or apps. The new Audi charging service, which will be launched in 2023 and will replace the current e-tron charging service in the future, will allow easy access to around 400,000 public charging points across Europe.

Speaking of safety, the new Audi Q8 e-tron is reliable 40 driver assistance systems. Up to 5 radars, 5 cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors provide information that is then analyzed by the vehicle’s central console. Among the novelties of the system remote assistant plus Which will be available from 2023. Customers can check parking procedures via the myAudi app on their smartphone. When the vehicle reaches its final parking position, it automatically turns off, applies the parking brake and locks the doors. To get out of the parking lot, the engine is started via the myAudi app. At this point, the car will perform all the necessary maneuvers.

The new Audi Q8 e-tron is equipped with air suspension as standard, which allows the ground clearance to be changed by 76 mm depending on the driving scenario. In addition, recycled materials are also used to make electric SUVs, which reduces the amount of resources used.

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