E-tron and E-tron Sportback electric SUVs now available in Black Edition and Vorsprung forms, with new infotainment and matrix LED lighting
Audi has introduced a series of upgrades and revised the trim structure for its E-tron and E-tron Sportback electric SUVs. The revised Mercedes-Benz EQC rival is now available to order now priced from £59,900.
Key to the relatively minor revisions is a complete overhaul of both variants’ ranges. They now consist of five trim lines: entry-level Technik, Sport, S Line and two new versions: Black Edition and Vorsprung. All variants receive wheels in excess of 20in in diameter, LED lighting, adaptive air suspension and the MMI touchscreen infotainment system.
Black Edition models build on existing S Line trim with gloss anthracite wheels, a black grille and black front and rear bumper inserts, window trims, roof raills and door mirror surrounds. Front sports seats with powered lumbar also feature alongside extended synthetic ‘twin’ leather across the dashboard, doors and centre console.
Vorsprung models bring 22in Audi Sport alloy wheels with a matt titanium finish, hiding orange brake callipers. Virtual door mirrors – with cameras and screens in place of conventional mirrors – are standard but can be removed as a no-cost option.
Vorsprung spec also brings a new feature to the range: digital matrix LED lights that offer new motorway lighting features and animations when locking or unlocking the car. Extras such as diamond-stitched leather, an electric heated wheel, a head-up display and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system are also included.
The E-tron Sportback features S Line, Launch Edition and flagship Vorsprung Edition trims, with the limited-run Launch Edition combining features of the standard E-tron’s Black Edition and Vorsprung Edition.
Interestingly, the E-tron Sportback won’t be offered with the base 50 powertrain, only with the 55, which takes the WLTP-certified range from 195 miles to 247 miles.
All versions also feature a new, third-generation version of the MIB3 modular infotainment system. Improved cloud-based speech recognition combines with more powerful processing and new features such as wireless connection to the Audi Smartphone Interface. The sat-nav can also learn the driver’s habits, offer suggestions based on previously driven routes and provide lane-by-lane traffic flow data.
Audi has launched a new E-tron Charging Service, giving subscribers one RFID payment card accepted by 18 different charge point suppliers acrosss the UK and Europe. There are two fixed-price charging tariffs, but customers who order before the end of the year receive a free 12-month subscription and 1000 miles-worth of free electricity.
The E-tron 55 can rapid-charge at up to 150kW, but for home chargers there’s now a 7kW home wallbox available for all fleet and retail customers at no extra cost, so long as they order before 2020 ends.