Audi eTron electric SUV debuts in India ahead of launch

Launch is expected in the coming months.

Audi eTron
Audi India MD with the all new eTron electric SUV in Delhi today.

Audi E-Tron will be the first fully electric series from Audi in India. This full sized SUV will sport similar design elements from other conventionally powered Audi SUVs and will be imported into the country via the CBU route from the company plant in Brussels, Belgium.

This will entail 100 percent import duty, 5 percent GST (recently reduced from 12 to 5 percent) and other charges such as cess and registration tax of 10 percent. The company targets sale of around 200 units by Dec 2020.

The 5 seater Audi eTron electric SUV measures 4.9 meters in length, which will make it smaller than the Q7 but longer than the Q5. Its wheelbase will measure 2.9 meters while luggage space will be at 660 liters.

Audi eTron showcased in India today, had a LHD system.

The exteriors boast of a sharp styling with an octagonal front grille with flaps to allow air to pass through, a sloping roof-line and LED tail lamps across its boot while there are cameras on its ORVMs. The Audi eTron also gets LED headlamps with Audi’s Matrix LED technology and sits on 20” 5 spoke alloy wheels.

The exteriors get a choice of 10 colour options while interiors see shades of black, grey, beige and brown. Its interiors will boast of the latest in technology with air suspension, touchscreens and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Audi E-Tron will be powered by two motors. The 125 kW motor is positioned at the front while the 140 kW motor is at the rear; together offering an all wheel drive system with power and torque figures at 408 hp and 664 Nm respectively.

The E-Tron claims acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 200 kmph. The battery pack can be charged via a regenerative braking technology and a wall charger. 80 percent charging is accomplished in 30 minutes through a DC fast charger or via a home AC charger with 230V or 400V capacity.

While the Audi E-Tron will face no real competition in India, in global markets it competes against the Jaguar iPace, Tesla Model X and the Mercedes-Benz EQC.