Facelifted Audi e-tron for 2022 spotted testing

Audi is planning mid-life updates to both the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs for 2022

Audi e-tron facelift

The Audi e-tron, Audi's first fully electric production car, is set for a mid-life update towards the end of 2022, and a prototype version of the revised car has now been spotted testing on public roads.

Changes are not expected to be radical, but will apply to both the standard e-tron SUV and the sleeker Sportback coupe version. A new headlight and grille treatment is anticipated to bring the e-tron's looks into line with the newer Q4 e-tron.

There are likely to be updates inside, too, with the current model's two separate screens expected to be combined into one large touchscreen interface extending across the dashboard.

Updates to the drivetrain are also likely, to bring the e-tron's range figures into line with more recently introduced rivals. No official figures have been released by Audi yet, but a boost from the current figure of around 220 miles to nearly 300 miles seems feasible.

The updated e-tron will continue to sit on the VW Group's MLB mechanical platform, which is shared with combustion-engined models such as the Audi Q7 and Q8. A move to a dedicated electric-vehicle platform is expected to happen when an all-new, second-generation version of the car arrives around 2025. At that point it could be rebranded as the Q8 e-tron.

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