Audi’s e-tron emblem has been bandied about for some moment now, connected to vehicles both actual and imagined, to the component where it’s getting rigid to follow along. The twist in the e-tron epic is that the long-teased Audi Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid—originally intended to arrive in the first half of 2016 probably won’t get to U.S. at all. Instead, an all-electric crossover, the Audi e-tron Quattro, is being fast-tracked for production and is expressed to be two years away.
With the Volkswagen Group’s name-new prioritization of electric vehicles, that name-new EV is just the commence of a mighty time for the sub-brand, which has had its asset of scheme meanders recently. At one moment, the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid was to be joined by e-tron PHEV models of the A6 (and possibly the A7), but those, too, are now off the table, mostly unpaid to the information that the A6 or A7 e-tron was to use a 3.0-liter TDI V-6 in simultaneity with its electric motor. An explicated version with a four-cylinder fuel motor isn’t likely to show up, either.
The only actual U.S.-marketplace Audi to wear the plate is the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which has been unusually boffo for a PHEV.
In 2016, as per Audi, 4280 A3 e-trons were traded, out of 31,538 sales for the A3 version formation nearly 15 proportion of the concoction. That may be due in part to the information that the A3 Sportback comes only as an e-tron (the Sportback also had been accessible with the TDI four-cylinder, but obviously that’s no more).
For 2017, the A3 e-tron collected news that include more active-safety features, a wide roof, and a newly elective Sport collection, among other name-new parts. While we’ve found the A3 e-tron’s performance to be quite good, with an electric-only driving extent that meets or exceeds the EPA-estimated 16 miles, its gas distance as a hybrid hasn’t left us nearly as overwhelmed.
Then there was the strange past of the Audi R8 e-tron. It were in concept form at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show and then, after some reformatting, made its beginning in 2015 as an impressive rear-wheel-drive, all-electric supercar which was then discontinued in 2016, with fewer than 100 instances made.
For now, the commodity that’s a certain go is the e-tron Quattro, an EV that takes the form of a crossover, although its sheetmetal is not overlapped with any other Audis. Sometimes referred to as the Q6, it’s due to arrive in the first half of 2019 and is aimed to dispatch an extent of 250 to 300 miles per charge with a value between $65,000 and $70,000.
As for diesels, they’re on interruption at Audi, at least through 2017. After that, Audi potentially could transport back the TDI deviations of its vehicles, but they won’t return in the brand’s passenger vehicles. The concentrations for the brand is forward to more electrified vehicles and they’re evaluated to comprise a quarter of Audi’s sales by 2025. With that as the content, there are likely to be more e-trons in Audi’s future.