New Audi e-tron with 350+ mile range arriving in 2022 – Report [Update]

In September 2018, the Audi e-tron debuted as the brand’s first all-electric SUV. The e-tron Sportback with a softer roof followed in November 2019 as the premium electric SUV-coupe. Both models will receive a facelift together in the second half of 2022, as per a report from Autocar.

2022 Audi e-tron Exterior

Audi has started testing the new e-tron on public roads, and Instagram user f.s_carspotting has captured it on camera during a test run. The images of the camouflaged prototype suggest that the new model is likely to feature a revised Singleframe grille featuring a new structured surface with horizontal inserts. The headlamp and tail lamp graphics, wheels, and bumpers will also have a different look.

2022 Audi e-tron (facelift) rear spy shot
The current e-tron can travel up to 441 km (274 miles) in the SUV version and up to 453 km (281 miles) in the Sportback version. Image Source: Instagram/f.s_carspotting

2022 Audi e-tron Interior

Motor Authority‘s spy photographer spotted a prototype of the 2022 e-tron Sportback and claimed that Audi had fitted a new infotainment system. Be that may, we doubt designers will club the instrument cluster and central screen into a single panel like in the BMW iX. Clubbed screens, as observed in the Audi skysphere concept that debuted in August 2021, may appear only in the next-gen Audi EVs. Even the flagship Audi EV, the e-tron GT, which the company revealed just back in February 2021, doesn’t have the futuristic layout.

Specifications

The refreshed e-tron will have “a number of technical updates,” as per Autocar’s source. Powertrain upgrades will increase the range (WLTP) to more than 600 km/373 miles, as per the report, thanks to a new battery pack. As in the current model, the low-riding Sportback version, with superior aerodynamics, would allow the maximum possible range in the new e-tron family.

This new Audi e-tron (along with its sloping-roof derivate, the e-tron Sportback) will not only run on new motors that are more efficient, but they will also incorporate upgraded electronics systems that lead to increased recuperation of energy. With these extensive revisions, expect the 2022 Audi e-tron to offer not just higher range but improved performance. Customers who experience challenging winters and altitude changes while driving, such as those in Canada and Northern Europe, where the batteries deplete quicker, would welcome the improvements.

The new e-tron and new e-tron Sportback’s range figures will witness improvements during their lifecycle, with software updates. The currently running (MY2019 and MY2020) e-tron recently received a software update that increased its range by up to 20 km or 12 miles on the WLTP cycle. The software update was available to install at service centers, not over the air, though. Still, the point is that Audi will try improving the efficiency of EVs even if they are already on the road.

2021 Audi e-tron (current) family

The e-tron and e-tron Sportback come in three variants each, with a range of up to 441 km (WLTP) and 453 km (WLTP), respectively. The base variants (50) share a 64 kWh (net)/71 kWh (gross) battery pack. The mid-tier variants (55) and top-end variants (S) pack a bigger, 86 kWh (net)/95 kWh (gross) battery pack instead. Take a look at the specs of the current models in the tables below:

Audi e-tron specifications

Aspecte-tron 50 quattro Specse-tron 55 quattro Specse-tron S Specs
Motor(s)TwoTwoThree
Drivetrain LayoutAWDAWDAWD
Power230 kW (308 hp)300 kW (402 hp)370 kW (496 hp)
Torque540 Nm (398 Lb.-Ft.)664 Nm (490 Lb.-Ft.)973 Nm (718 Lb.-Ft.)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph)6.8 seconds5.7 seconds4.5 seconds
Top Speed190 km/h (118 mph)200 km/h (124 mph)210 km/h (130 mph)
Battery Pack Capacity64 kWh (net)/71 kWh (gross)86 kWh (net)/95 kWh (gross)86 kWh (net)/95 kWh (gross)
Range (WLTP)341 km (212 miles)441 km (274 miles)372 km (231 miles)

Audi e-tron Sportback specifications

Aspecte-tron Sportback 50 quattro Specse-tron Sportback 55 quattro Specse-tron Sportback S Specs
Motor(s)TwoTwoThree
Drivetrain LayoutAWDAWDAWD
Power230 kW (308 hp)300 kW (402 hp)370 kW (496 hp)
Torque540 Nm (398 Lb.-Ft.)664 Nm (490 Lb.-Ft.)973 Nm (718 Lb.-Ft.)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph)6.8 seconds5.7 seconds4.5 seconds
Top Speed190 km/h (118 mph)200 km/h (124 mph)210 km/h (130 mph)
Battery Pack Capacity64 kWh (net)/71 kWh (gross)86 kWh (net)/95 kWh (gross)86 kWh (net)/95 kWh (gross)
Range (WLTP)351 km (218 miles)453 km (281 miles)378 km (235 miles)

According to a report from German publication Automobilwoche, the e-tron and e-tron Sportback will cease to exist three years after their facelift (2025). The Audi Q6 e-tron and Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron due in 2023 will serve as their respective successors. The Audi Q8 e-tron will be introduced in 2026 to complete the lineup from the Brussels plant where the current e-SUV is manufactured.

2022 Audi e-tron FAQs

What is the 2022 Audi e-tron facelift release date?

The Audi e-tron with all-round improvements is expected to reach dealerships in the second half of 2022.

What are the visual changes on the new e-tron?

Revised Singleframe grille with a structured surface and horizontal inserts, new headlamp & taillamp graphics, and different bumpers & wheels.

What will be the 2022 Audi e-tron facelift range?

The Audi e-tron facelift will be able to travel more than 600 km (373 miles), as per Autocar magazine.

Featured Image Source: Instagram/f.s_carspotting