Audi’s updated e-tron is nearing production as the company unveiled a a new prototype at E-Cannonball in Hamburg.
Sporting “specially designed camouflage” and eye-catching orange accents, the prototype features a new and more distinctive mesh grille. It’s flanked by updated headlights that feature “new lighting innovations” despite their familiar look.
Further down is the new front bumper, which combines elements of the standard model and the sportier S variant. The most noticeable change is the more prominent air curtains with sporty cladding.
Modest styling changes continue as well, as we see a new rear bumper and diffuser. The model also received an integrated e-tron badge and updated taillights.
Audi hasn’t said much about the prototype, “because it’s still keeping some of its secrets to itself.” However, previous reports suggested a crossover may be renamed the Q8 e-tron make its position in the Audi line more clear.
Reports also suggest that the crossover could be equipped with more efficient engines, an improved energy recovery system and an upgraded battery. This could increase the range of the crossover to around 373 miles (600 km) in the WLTP cycle, which would be a significant increase over the current range of 273 miles (440 km).
Regardless of the final numbers, the current Audi e-tron starts at $70,800 in the US and has a 95kWh battery. The latter provides a dual-motor all-wheel drive system that allows the crossover to produce up to 402 hp. (300 kW / 408 hp) in boost mode. This allows the model to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds, before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).