New Audi e-tron


New Audi e-tron 50 joins the e-tron 55 in Audi’s EV SUV line-up

Audi’s first-ever electric vehicle, the e-tron, was launched in 2018 in the form of the e-tron 55 Quattro. In 2019, Audi followed up the closely related e-tron Sportback 55 Quattro, sharing the 55 platform and powertrain but with more coupé-like styling. Now the range grows again, with a new model, the Audi e-tron 50 Quattro. Same prestige looks and advanced features, different power output and range, and crucially for some, a lower entry price to Audi electric motoring.

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Design

In size and format Audi’s all-electric e-tron sits somewhere between Audi’s conventionally powered Q5 and Q7 models, even though it’s built around a radically different electric platform. Just like a ‘normal’ Audi, it’s classy, imposing and well-proportioned, seating five in comfort. Apart from the badge, charging flaps and different grille treatment most onlookers won’t notice that it’s powered by electric motors. A flat underbody, aerodynamic wheels and a controllable air inlet in the grille help give the e-tron a slippery 0.27 coefficient of drag. A noteworthy optional design feature are the two stalks which replace door mirrors with cameras; these feed two miniature screens on either end of the front dashboard.  

​Performance

There are now two powertrains for the e-tron, namely 50 and 55 (though the related e-tron Sportback is currently only available with the 55 specification). Both have electric motors on each axle delivering all-wheel drive, but the-tron 50 has a smaller 71kWh battery and maximum power output of 230kW (308hp). This delivers 0-62mph acceleration of 6.8 seconds in boost mode and maximum range of 186 miles. In contrast, the more powerful e-tron 55 has a 95kWh battery, an output of 300kW (408hp) and can sprint from zero to 62mph in just 5.5 seconds. The e-tron 55 can also travel further between charges, with a range of up to 270 miles. 

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audi e-tron

​Technology

The e-tron has no fewer than five screens on the dash if the rear-view camera option is chosen. At the extremes of the dash are two (optional) small screens connected to cameras which take the place of conventional door mirrors. In the centre console are two main touchscreens, mounted vertically; the upper 10.1-inch display controls infotainment, telephony, navigation and dedicated e-tron settings. The lower 8.6-inch screen is dedicated to climate, text input and convenience functions. Control is either via touch with haptic feedback or via the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. Selectable drive modes include Efficient, Off-Road, Comfort and Dynamic. 

Safety

Among the standard safety features of Audi e-tron models are automatic emergency braking (AEB) for pedestrians, cyclists and city driving as well as a lane assist and speed limit monitoring. The optional City Assist package adds intersection assist, rear cross-traffic assist, lane change and exit warnings. Another option, the Tour package, includes adaptive cruise assist which can brake, accelerate and make minor steering corrections to maintain a safe cruise in motorway traffic.

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Verdict: People love the style of an Audi SUV so the e-tron, while using a new form of propulsion, doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel. The new Audi e-tron 50 makes the range a little more accessible yet still has all its more powerful stablemates’ virtues. It’s spacious, fast, extraordinarily refined and makes a great choice for the step to zero-emissions motoring. And even the factory where it’s built is carbon-neutral.

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The e-tron highlights include:
  • 20” x 9.0J ‘5-arm dynamic’ design, contrasting grey alloy wheels
  • Contrast finish bumpers
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus
  • Deluxe 2-zone electronic climate control including remote preconditioning
  • Parking System Plus with 360° display and rear-view camera

Technik

The Technik highlights include:
  • 20" x 9.0J '5-arm' design alloy wheels
  • LED headlights with Function-on-Demand preparation
  • Contrast finish bumpers
  • Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI Navigation Plus
  • Deluxe 2-zone electronic climate control including remote preconditioning

​Sport

In addition to the Technik trim, Sport highlights include:
  • 20" x 9.0J '5-arm' dynamic design contrasting grey alloy wheels
  • Front Sport seats in Valcona leather upholstery
  • Comfort front Centre armrest
  • Audi Phone Box with Wireless charging

​S line

In addition to the Sport trim, S line highlights include:
  • 21" x 9.5J '5-arm turbine' contrasting grey design alloy wheels
  • Audi Matrix LED headlights with dynamic front & rear indicators
  • Adaptive sport air suspension
  • S line exterior styling with privacy glass

Launch Edition

In addition to the standard e-tron trim or S line trim, Launch Edition highlights include:
  • 21” x 9.0J ‘5-V-spoke star’ design Audi Sport alloy wheels in platinum-look gloss
  • Audi beam with e-tron logo
  • Black Styling Pack
  • Virtual door mirrors
  • Audi Side Assist including Audi Pre-sense Rear, Cross-traffic assist rear and Exit warning

Introducing our first ever, all-electric car: the new Audi e-tron. Everything you’d expect of an Audi, powered entirely by electricity. Here’s how you can be one of the first behind the wheel of the production model when it arrives in early 2019.


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