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THIS is the long awaited fully electric new Audi e-tron SUV.

It was unveiled last night in San Francisco (September 17, 2018).

Power comes from two electric motors – one driving the front axle, and one the rear axle. Normal output is 355hp, although this can be boosted to over 400hp.

The sprint to 62mph is undertaken in 6.4 seconds – considerably slower than the Jaguar I-Pace (4.5 seconds).

The Audi’s range is said to be 249 miles, again behind the I-Pace which manages 292 miles. Recharging takes  8.5 hours with an 11kW charger says Audi.

In terms of size the new Audi e-tron sits between the Q5 and Q7.

It is also the first car to feature virtual door mirrors as a high end option. Audi says they reduce aerodynamic drag, while taking digitalization to a new level.

The car has gone on sale in Germany at 79,900 euros, which suggests around £72k in the UK although Audi has not confirmed any UK pricing.

Company car tax on the Audi e-tron will be 13% for 2018/19 rising to 16% in 2019/20 before significantly dropping to just 2% in 2020/21.

The e-tron marks the starting gun for Audi’s electric offensive. By 2025 Audi will offer 12 cars with all-electric drive; roughly one-third of its sales with electrified models. The SUVs in this portfolio include the e-tron and the e-tron Sportback debuting in 2019.

Audi e-tron static
New Audi e-tron: Audi’s first fully electric SUV. By 2025 there will be 12 fully electric Audi cars

 

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