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Audi e-tron revealed in India, launch in 2020

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Audi e-tron has been previewed in India and the brand is planning to launch the electric SUV in the Indian market in the coming months. Audi is quite positive about the car and has a sales target of 200+ in a year. For an electric car that is likely to cost over INR 1 crore, the sales target is quite substantial. 

Size wise the car sits between the Q5 and Q7 and has a 95 kWh battery pack connected to two electric motors – a 125 kW motor powering the front and a 140 kW powering the rear wheels which can produce a total of 360 HP of power and 561 Nm of torque and in Boost mode the power can be increased to 408 HP and 661 Nm of torque. The Audi e-tron in Boost mode can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 5.7 seconds and can do a top speed of 200 kmph which is electronically limited. Audi claims the battery is good for a 400 km range according to the WLTP cycle, but the electric car is only good for 300 km in the real world.

Every e-tron buyer is likely to get a Home Charger setup, with fast charging stations to be installed in certain Audi dealerships, likely to be in tier 1 metro cities. The DC fast charger will be capable of replenishing the battery to up to 80% in just 30 minutes and a 400V three-phase outlet at home will take 8.5 hours to accomplish the same.

The Indian-spec model is going to be more or less the same with the steering on the correct side, similar to the UK market. The e-tron sold in Europe comes with cameras instead of mirrors and the car could implement the same in India as according to the new relaxed import rules, the government allows a manufacturer to import 2,500 units per year without the requirement of homologation in India, so the cameras approved in the cars home country will also be allowed and be legal in India.

The Audi e-tron is expected to be launched around the end of this year or early 2020.