New Audi E-tron: Launch Edition of brand's first EV released

Rachel Burgess
18 October 2018
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Audi has released the Launch Edition version of its first production electric car, the E-tron SUV.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC rival is on sale now from £71,490, while the Launch Edition raises that price to £82,240 and will be available to order from early next year.

The most innovative feature on the Launch Edition is the world-first use of two high-definition cameras in place of the traditional door mirrors offered in lesser versions. These project the view behind onto two OLED screens mounted in the doors and reduce the width of the car by 15cm. They also feature heating elements and can detect dirt. 

Further kit enhancements include Matrix LED headlights, platinum-look 21in Audi Sport alloy wheels and black exterior detailing. Inside, there"s the addition of a panoramic roof, brushed aluminium trim and a leather upholstery upgrade, while Virtual Cockpit, adaptive cruise assist and a 360deg camera also feature. 

The E-tron gets 249 miles of range on the WLTP official test cycle – identical to the EQC but behind the I-Pace, which manages 292 miles.

Like all electric cars, it"s eligible for a £3500 grant from the Government. Audi is now taking orders, with customers who pay a £1000 deposit securing "priority access". The EQC is tipped to cost from £67,500.

Audi powertrain director Siegfried Pint has said that a cheaper version of the E-tron with a smaller battery and therefore less range will follow in the next 12 months.

 

Sitting between the Q5 and Q7 in size, the E-tron features a handful of design elements that are intended to make it stand out from other Audi models.

Nguồn: www.autocar.co.uk