Audi e-tron available from next spring

Audi Ireland says that first deliveries of the new e-tron are scheduled to take place next spring.

Pricing for the e-tron, including a four-year service plan, starts from an on-the-road cost of €101,750.

Audi Ireland says that it is also continuing to offer an online pre-registration tool where customers can leave a refundable €2,000 deposit to be one of the first to order this electric SUV ahead of delivery next year.

Audi says its e-tron combines enormous power and a long range thanks to its large 95kWh high volt battery.

On a full single charge, the e-tron promises to gets 400.7 kilometres of range on the WLTP test cycle. This is similar to the rival Mercedes-Benz EQC, but less than the Jaguar I-Pace.

The German carmaker adds that with two virtually silent electric motors that can deliver up to 300kW, its e-tron electrical quattro provides the economy of electricity without sacrificing on power. The dual electric motors ensure there is no lag between acceleration and launch, resulting in a driving experience impossible to match with a combustion engine, according to Audi.

Audi also claims that the e-tron can attain up to 30 per cent of its long range through energy recuperation. Audi says that the SUV combines three different methods of energy recuperation in one vehicle for the first time. The e-tron comes equipped with manual coasting using the shift paddles, automatic coasting via the predictive efficiency assist, and brake recuperation.

It adds that the e-tron comes well equipped as standard, with features such as two-zone air conditioning, heated front seats with memory function, LED interior lighting and adaptive air suspension driver, and passenger comfort.

Inside, the electric SUV runs MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch response as standard, and offers the Audi smartphone interface.

According to Audi, its innovative driving technology will help drivers remain fully aware of their surroundings at all times. Front and rear sensors with a reversing camera and electric folding mirrors with memory and dimming functions alongside the Audi virtual cockpit deliver 360 degree awareness.

Thorsten Godulla, managing director, Audi Ireland said: “We are really excited that our Irish customers with have the opportunity to experience a piece of the future in the shape of the Audi e-tron from spring 2019. It is an historic time for Audi with the launch of our first fully electric model. I know that sustainability is increasingly important to Irish drivers, and so I am delighted to offer Audi’s first all-electric full-size SUV to the Irish market.”

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