Three years that Audi offered a model called “e-tron”, without specifying which model of the thermal range it came to replace in electric. And in the meantime, the range has been refined and models like the Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT have arrived. To harmonize the names, the brand with the rings has just taken advantage of a restyling of its large SUV to rename it Q8 e-tron. The new model takes the opportunity to develop its design and improve its capabilities.
The result reflects the strategy of the Volkswagen group. In other words, Audi is looking to modernize while not falling into the traps of some other manufacturers with their electric cars. Unlike Volkswagen models, nothing clearly distinguishes a thermal car from an electric car at Audi. Both outside and inside, the style of the new Audi Q8 e-tron is particularly true to tradition.
Conservative, the Q8 e-tron is not so far. The use of chrome on the 2018 e-tron is a little nuanced here with many more black elements. Audi has reworked the design of its electric SUV by using many more dark tones, especially on the front grille. The play of contrasts and light are completed by a small LED strip, placed on the top of the grille, to highlight the logo with the rings.
The notorious changes to the style are not numerous but the small modifications have all the same made it possible to make the car more aerodynamic. Between the Audi e-tron and the Audi Q8 e-tron, the drag coefficient has dropped. This is valid on the classic version (from 0.28 to 0.27) as on the Sportback version (Cx from 0.26 lowered to 0.24). According to Audi, the wheels and their new rims play a big role. Autonomy will only be better.
Speaking of autonomy, Audi has boosted that of its Q8 e-tron, which goes to more than 600 kilometers. Hard to believe given the size of the SUV and its two powerful engines, placed on the front and rear axles: 300 kW or 409 horsepower. To understand it, you have to go to the source: the battery. Forget the old 95 kWh, which topped the Volkswagen Group range in terms of capacity. Now, the Audi Q8 e-tron is equipped with 114 kWh (106 kWh used), a much denser battery therefore and which has the merit of not necessarily taking up more space.
Note that if e-tron was more efficient than e-tron Sportback three years ago, it is now the version with the plunging roof that wins the duel on this new Q8 e-tron. In all, the two models see their autonomy grow by more than 30%. The autonomy of the Sportback version will be stronger by about 10 kilometers. As for fast charging, Audi is switching its SUV from a maximum power of 150 kW to a power of 170 kW, as is the case at Volkswagen exclusively on the new ID Buzz (the electric replacement for the VW Combi).