Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron: renamed and facelifted coupe-SUV readied for launch

Audi's e-tron Sportback electric coupe-SUV is set for an update in parallel with the standard e-tron SUV model; both are likely to adopt the 'Q8' name

Audi Q8 Sportback e-tron

The Audi e-tron Sportback – a coupe-SUV variant of the German brand's first fully electric model – will be getting a refresh in late 2022. And just like the standard e-tron SUV, the Sportback looks set to adopt the 'Q8' moniker to set it apart from the rapidly growing range of electric Audis wearing the 'e-tron' badge.

The standard Q8 e-tron was most recently spotted testing under partial camouflage in January 2022; now, the Sportback model has been snapped, wearing a similar disguise that obscures its front and rear ends. These are thought to be the areas where styling changes will be most evident on the updated cars.

Audi has also released its own photos of the disguised prototype, as part of a press release detailing its winter testing processes in the far north of Sweden.

As with the standard e-tron, the revised Sportback is expected to be restyled to closely resemble the more recently introduced Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron family SUVs. No images of the interior have been obtained as yet, but an update to the infotainment screens is also likely.

Under the metal, the e-tron Sportback is in line for battery and motor upgrades to make it more efficient and give it a longer range on a charge. When first launched, maximum range was just over 200 miles; a series of technical upgrades introduced in 2021 boosted that to over 220 miles, but the updated 2023 model-year car is expected to hit closer to 300 miles, thanks to a battery size potentially in the range of 100kWh.

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