After the fresh unveil of the facelifted e-tron models, the Audi Q8 e-tron’s India launch has been confirmed via a teaser. Although, the official details are yet to be made available. Based on the global unveil, we have more than just a random idea of what to expect. The facelifted Q8 e-tron model will continue with both conventional SUV and Sportback (SUV coupe) body styles. In the global market, the Q8 e-tron duo are also available in three trim levels – e-tron 50, e-tron 55, and e-tron S. However, in the Indian market only the first trims might be available for sure , just like before.
The styling of the Q8 e-trons has definitely been updated, especially at the front. Starting with the updated active grille design, and the triangular louvres on the bumper. The overall side and rear profile of the Audi Q8 e-tron have remained the same.
Despite these subtle minute changes, the Q8 e-tron has also become slipper than ever before. The drag coefficient of the Q8 e-tron SUV is now 0.27 from 0.28, and the drag coefficient of the Q8 e-tron Sportback is now 0.24 from 0.26. This is partly due to the active grille which opens when cooling is required and shuts when it is not.
The interior has also more or less remained the same as its ICE counterpart. The dashboard has the familiar fully-digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen, along with the screen for controlling the air condition as well. Buttons have mostly been replaced by touch-sensitive buttons, and the cabin also features several sustainable bits in the form of recycled materials.
One of the most crucial changes has to be in terms of performance. All three trim levels have seen a bump in their power output. The base e-tron 50 is powered by an 89 kWh battery with a dual-motor setup and it produces 334 hp and 664 Nm of torque. The base trim has a WLTP certified range of 509 km.
Both the mid-spec e-tron 55 and e-tron S are powered by a bigger 106 kWh battery (up from the 95 kWh available before). However, the e-tron 55 gets a dual-motor setup and has a WLTP-certified range of 600 km, the e-tron S gets a triple-motor setup with a WLTP-certified range of 513 km.
The e-tron 55 produces 403 hp and 664 Nm of torque, the e-tron S produces 496 hp and 973 Nm of peak torque.
The exact date of launch for the facelifted Audi e-tron in India is yet to be confirmed. It is expected to retail at a steeper rice if the new Q8 e-tron arrives in India as a fully built unit. Once launched, it will compete against the likes of the BMW iX, Mercedes Benz EQS SUV and the upcoming Volvo S90.