According tomedia reports, Oss will add a cheaper option to its 2021 all-electric e-tron SUV, which will not only reduce entry costs but also increase the range compared to the previous year’s models. The 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback, a new model with a more stylish roof line, is now joining the ranks of dealers of this electric luxury SUV.
So far, the cheapest option for an e-tron SUV has been the Premium Plus, which starts at $748,000, plus a $1,095 shipping fee, though that doesn’t take into account federal or state tax breaks or similar offers.
For the 2021 model, however, Audi has added a new entry-level option. The 2021 e-tron SUV Premium starts at $659,000 (including shipping costs, tax benefits are not included) and also has 355 horsepower (402 hp under Boost Mode) and 95kWh battery. It will feature 20-inch 5-spoke wheels, four-zone climate control, heated steering wheel and front seats, power backpanels and Audi virtual cockpit plus.
In addition, there are lane departure warnings, comfortable pre-adjustment, rear window and rear bezel privacy glass, Audi sound system and heated auto-dimming power folding side mirrors. The $69,400 Premium w/TeE Plus kit will add a driver assistance kit and a black exterior trim kit, which includes matte black grille, front and rear bumper trim and matte black roof railings.
The 2021 e-tron SUV Premium Plus remains at its original starting price, but adds a heated and ventilated front seat, heated rear seat and 3D Bang and Olufsen audio system. Finally, the $79,100 Prestige also has a head-up display, an upgraded front massage seat, an all-leather suit, multi-color LED ambient lighting, an electric closed door, a rear sunshade and a double-pane side soundproofed glass.
Another big change is range. The e-tron SUV received a 204-mile rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the time of its launch, but the 2021 model will increase to 222 miles. While the overall size of the battery has not changed, it can now use 86.5 kWh of electricity per day, almost 3 kWh more than before, according to Audi.
Other adjustments include complete separation of the front electric motor for the SUV when not needed. Audi says this has significantly reduced power consumption. The motor only needs to start immediately when needed. The Premium Plus can now also opt for a dual charging port, so the e-tron SUV can be charged from the left or from the right.
As for the 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback, it has the same performance data like a 5.5-second acceleration and can reach 218 miles under EPA standards. Premium starts at $69,100 (including shipping, tax credits are not included), and Premium Plus and Prestige are $78,000 and $82,300, respectively.