Audi is teasing the upcoming facelifted e-Tron Sportback with a set of official images displaying a prototype present process cold-weather testing. Whereas the electrical SUV has been noticed by our spy photographers on quite a few events, that is the primary time we get to see an official teaser by Audi.
The camouflage wrap is masking the entrance and rear ends nevertheless we are able to nonetheless see the similar Matrix LED headlights and full-LED taillights, and a really comparable decrease consumption on the redesigned entrance bumper. Modifications will doubtless be centered on the brand new and principally lined Singleframe grille, the fake inlets, and trim components on the rear bumper. Weirdly the prototype has common mirrors as a substitute of the cameras which can be already out there as an possibility within the present e-tron and e-tron Sportback. We additionally anticipate new wheel designs and a refreshed shade palette, alongside inside upgrades.
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Earlier studies counsel that the largest replace of the facelifted e-tron and e-tron Sportback fashions is a brand new battery pack providing an elevated vary of as much as 373 miles (600 km), up from the present fashions’ 249 miles (400 km). The fashions can be nonetheless primarily based on the outdated MLB platform, in contrast to newer electrical SUVs from Audi.
The Audi e-tron was launched in 2018 and the e-tron Sportback adopted in 2020 which signifies that the upcoming 2022 replace could be thought-about as an early facelift for the latter. We needs to be anticipating a full reveal someday within the coming months, with a market launch earlier than the top of the yr.
Regardless of displaying the camouflaged prototype driving on icy roads alongside its predecessor, Audi didn’t point out it as soon as on the press launch. As a substitute, the announcement was centered on VW Group’s winter testing workshop in Northern Sweden, and the particular tuning for Audi fashions with a purpose to supply a particular driving expertise.
The key testing grounds in Lapland are referred to as “KALT 1”, with the ice and snow-covered tracks being sealed off by fences to retain its confidentiality. The premises cowl greater than 3,600 hectares (8,896 acres), together with workplace workplaces, a 440-bed lodge, and 83 km (51.6 miles) lengthy testing grounds. Round 150 Audi workers keep there in the course of the testing season with an all-inclusive package deal together with meals within the lodge restaurant, two train rooms, and a lodge bar.
The prototypes are examined on dry and moist roads earlier than being shipped to Sweden for winter testing in ice and snow, with a purpose to calibrate the chassis setup and the entire digital techniques in excessive situations.