- Audi hasn’t introduced pricing for the 2024 Q8 e-tron. It’s a successor to the 2023 e-tron (no Q8 in that title), which begins at $70,800, plus $1,195 to ship. We anticipate that value to rise by a number of thousand to account for the upgrades.
- The title is new, however this isn’t an all-new automobile. It’s a refresh of the 2023 e-tron, with a brand new title to make clear that it’s Audi’s flagship electrical SUV.
Audi didn’t fairly introduce an all-new electrical automobile this week — it refreshed an previous one. However, together with the updates, it will get a reputation change that makes it sound like one thing we haven’t seen earlier than.
The 2023 Audi Q8 e-tron is an up to date model of the 2023 Audi e-tron. The title change, Audi says, comes to assist prospects perceive the automobile.
Audi’s Electrical Flagship
It “will talk very merely, very exactly, and really clearly for our prospects the celebrated positioning as our highest-level electrical SUV,” a spokesperson tells us. Sharing a reputation with the flagship Q8 SUV ought to make it clear that the Q8 e-tron is the electrical high of the Audi lineup.
That clarifies that the Q8 e-tron is supposed to tackle the Tesla Mannequin X, Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, and different comparable high-luxe crossovers.
It additionally serves as a bookend to the Audi This fall e-tron, a smaller, less-expensive all-electric SUV.
Like most Audi crossovers, it is available in two varieties: A standard SUV model and the glossy, coupe-like model Audi calls “Sportback.” Each profit from a dramatic new face, with what Audi calls an “inverted grille” surrounded by a thick body. On sporty S Line fashions, the body is physique coloration. Different fashions get it in matte silver or black, which may look virtually like a facemask. The grille makes use of automated shutters to shut at increased speeds to enhance aerodynamics.
A skinny mild bar joins the slim daytime working lights.
From the grille again, much less has modified. Audi says that is the primary model to have the Audi title laser-etched into the B-pillar. The truth that that is price noting signifies that the vehicles’ two silhouettes are basically unchanged.
Similar Energy, Extra Vary
Energy output stays the identical — a 355-horsepower model able to brief bursts of 402 horses, or a 429-horsepower model that may surge to 496. However the dealing with could have improved, as Audi says it retuned the air suspension and gave it “noticeably extra agility due to its revised progressive steering.” A brand new gear ratio within the steering system ought to imply lighter steering at low speeds, addressing a problem we’ve by no means heard anybody complain about.
The battery stays the identical form as earlier than, however Audi says it has packed extra cells into the identical area. That ought to assist handle our take a look at driver’s largest grievance concerning the 2023 e-tron — its comparatively brief vary of 226 miles. However the EPA hasn’t but examined the Q8 e-tron, so we don’t know what number of miles that the denser battery provides.
Carbon Impartial, Sustainable Supplies
When you had been to sit down within the 2023 e-tron and the 2024 Q8 e-tron again to again, you’d discover few variations within the inside. They’re largely model updates — each inside coloration choice now consists of contrast-color seating panels, and a brand new walnut trim is obtainable.
However Audi says it has considerably upgraded the cabin’s sustainability. Audi says manufacturing of the automobile is now web carbon-neutral (we’re unsure how a lot of that features carbon offsets for power used). As a luxurious automaker, Audi avoids arduous plastics. However, within the few locations they’re inevitable, akin to seat buckle covers, they’re now recycled.
Optionally, consumers can order some inside trim in a fabric constructed from recycled water bottles.
Expertise stays largely the identical, however distant park help plus seems. It lets the proprietor remotely information the Q8 e-tron right into a parking spot utilizing a smartphone.