Audi final fall confirmed that the E-Tron can be rebranded a Q8 E-Tron when it undergoes a redesign in 2026, however the title change might be launched a lot ahead of that.
Automobilwoche (subscription required) reported on Sunday that the title change will occur when the mid-size electrical crossover undergoes its mid-cycle replace later this 12 months.
Apparently the title change is to clear up confusion about the place the E-Tron sits within the lineup, now that there are such a lot of different Audi fashions carrying an E-Tron badge.
It is also a mirrored image of the extent of the updates Audi plans for the car. Prototypes noticed within the wild recommend solely minor styling updates, however rumors level to way more substantial adjustments taking place beneath the sheet steel.
We may see new batteries, extra environment friendly electrical motors, and new digital management software program to assist increase vary. The E-Tron arrived for the 2019 mannequin 12 months with simply 204 miles of vary as measured by the EPA. Effectivity updates added for 2021 noticed the vary elevated to 222 miles. The mid-cycle replace is anticipated to extend the vary nearer to 300 miles. The E-Tron Sportback at the moment has an EPA-rated vary of 218 miles. It must also obtain one thing nearer to 300 miles with the replace.
We must always see the up to date E-Tron, no matter it is referred to as, launched for the 2023 mannequin 12 months. Different Audi EVs due within the coming years embrace a Q6 E-Tron, A6 E-Tron, and a manufacturing model of final 12 months’s Grandsphere idea, which can simply exchange the A8. And past 2026, Audi will solely introduce EVs. This implies we’re unlikely to see a redesign of the internal-combustion Q8.