Audi's e-tron goes

to Q8

Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron quattro
Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron quattro profile
Audi SQ8 Sportback e-tron quattro rear
Audi SQ8 e-tron quattro
Audi SQ8 e-tron quattro rear
Audi SQ8  e-tron quattro cockpit

Audi's flagship all-electric SUV is to get a new name for 2023 - and that's not all.

Design tweaks, an improved drivetrain, better aerodynamics, increased battery capacity and a longer range are all on the menu for the latest e-tron which from here on in will be known as the Q8 e-tron.

A minor change, perhaps, but the German brand sees it as a significant move in making a clear statement that the Q8 e-tron is the flagship model of its electric portfolio which now comprises eight models and which will increase to more than 20 by 2026.

Deliveries of the new Q8 e-tron won't start until April 2023 and prices for UK-spec models have yet to be confirmed but, even so, dealers will be taking orders from mid-November for a range which comprises both conventional and Sportback luxury SUVs and comes with a choice of three drivetrains, all with four-wheel drive and air suspension.

Entry level versions are driven by two motors generating up to 250kW (340PS) of power and 664Nm of torque offering an officially tested range of up to 290 miles for the Sportback. Next up are 300kW (408PS) versions, also with twin electric motors, with a range of up to 343 miles for the Sportback while the ultimate SQ8 models are driven by three motors with 370 kW (503PS) and 973 Nm of torque and a range of up to 295 miles for the Sportback. Conventional SUV variants offer slightly reduced ranges.

The 2023 Q8 e-tron will be identifiable from its predecessor - which was first introduced four years ago - by a revised front grille treatment which features Audi's famed four-ringed badge in two-dimensional form.

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