Audi e-tron 2020: prices and specs revealed for 50, 55 and S models
Audi has revealed pricing and specification details for the expanded 2020 model line-up of its e-tron electric SUV. The car is now offered with two powertrains – called 50 and 55 – as well as a choice of two bodystyles and a range of trim levels. In addition, the line-up will shortly be expanded to three with the arrival of a high-performance S version putting out close to 500bhp from three electric motors.
Prices now start at just under £60,000 (after the government plug-in car grant has been deducted) for the 50 model in entry-level Technik trim. Sport, S line and Launch specifications are also offered with this drivetrain, while the longer-range 55 version is offered in a standard and Launch trims, topping out at £82,310. The full breakdown of trim levels and prices is as follows:
|e-tron 50 Technik||£59,900|
|e-tron 50 Sport||£62,600|
|e-tron 50 S line||£66,700|
|e-tron 50 Launch Edition||£72,700|
|e-tron 55 Launch Edition||£82,310|
Battery cooling and heat management have been improved and there has been a slight increase in the useable battery capacity for both models, too.
The 50 quattro drivetrain features a smaller 71kWh battery with a range of 186 miles, down on the 271 miles achieved by the 55 version of the SUV. As in the 55, a pair of electric motors combine to produce 308bhp and deliver all-wheel drive, although Audi says only the rear motor will be active most of the time in order to boost efficiency.
The e-tron 50 is slightly slower than the 55 over the 0-62mph sprint, completing it in seven seconds on its way to a top speed of 118mph. The maximum charging speed is also lower than that of the 55, with a top rate of 120kW allowing a 0-80% charge in 30 minutes.
Audi e-tron Sportback
The upgraded hardware will also be found in the new-for-2020 e-tron Sportback coupe-SUV variant, which will also be available with the 50, 55 and S drivetrains. In this case, maximum range will be 278 and 216 miles for the 50 and 55 respectively, thanks to the Sportback's slightly more aerodynamic (but simultaneously less practical) body. An exact range for the Sportback S has yet to be confirmed.
Prices for the coupe-styled Sportback version have also been revealed, though for the time being there is no information about the smaller battery 50 quattro model. Details are as follows:
|e-tron 55 S line Sportback||£79,900|
|e-tron 55 Launch Edition Sportback||£85,900|
Audi e-tron S details
In a similar vein to its petrol and diesel-engined cars, Audi is launching a high-performance 'S' version of the e-tron. The three-motor electric drivetrain will put out 496bhp and be offered in both this standard e-tron and the Sportback coupe-styled version. That means a total of three drivetrain choices for both bodystyles.
In addition to its healthy power output, the e-tron S gets a clever electronic torque-vectoring system. This varies the amount of grunt being sent to each wheel automatically, so as to maximise grip and improve the car's handling. The 0-62mph and top-speed figures for the e-tron S and e-tron Sportback S are identical, at 4.5 seconds and 131mph respectively.
Audi says the S version of the e-tron models features a much more rearward-biased version of the brand's quattro four-wheel-drive setup than the 50 and 55, making the S feel sportier and more agile. These models will also come with more responsive sports steering as standard.
The front-axle motor of the S is the same as the rear-axle motor of the other two versions, while on its rear axle, the S has two more electric motors, contributing to that near-500bhp total power figure, Battery capacity for the S is the same as for the 55, at 95kWh, while in normal driving only the two motors on the rear axle are used, with the front one activating if extra power is needed for greater acceleration or enhanced grip.
The e-tron S gets 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, with larger choices up to 22 inches available as an option. Wider wheelarches, orange-painted brake callipers and 'S' badging also serve to set it apart from the 50 and 55 versions. The same 150kW rapid-charging capability as the other e-tron models is offered here.
Audi e-tron 2020 specifications
The standard 2020 e-tron range kicks off with the e-tron Technik, available only with the 50 drivetrain. This features Audi's MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system plus its Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard display, along with LED headlights, leather upholstery and 20-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels.
Next up is the Sport specification (also only offered with the 50 drivetrain), which adds wireless charging, heated front seats, Matrix LED headlights and 21-inch alloys, while the S line features sports-tuned air suspension, a more distinctively contoured bumper, better airflow over the body, a rear spoiler and diffuser, plus S line logos inside and out.
The e-tron 50 line-up is topped by the Launch Edition, which gets its own design of 21-inch alloys, plus dynamic indicators and Valcona leather upholstery (the latter also featuring on the S line). The entry-level e-tron 55 has a similar specification to the e-tron 50 Sport, while the range is completed by the e-tron 55 Launch Edition, which mirrors the features of its e-tron 50 counterpart.
The technical upgrades applied to the e-tron for 2020 include boosting the driving range of the 55 quattro, which sees its range increased to 271 miles (from 248). Technical aspects of the update include a reduction in energy losses from the regenerative braking system and more efficient operation of the electric motors, with the front motor disengaging under light load (such as when cruising on the motorway) in order to reduce energy consumption. Energy recovery while coasting has also been improved.