Audi e-tron will probably be called Q8 e-tron after facelift
Audi plans to bring forward the name change of the e-tron quattro by four years. According to German media, with the upcoming facelift at the end of 2022, the Audi e-tron quattro will be renamed Q8 e-tron.
The car will then already bear the name of the successor planned for 2026. Last year, celebrating the 8th millionth VW Group product coming off the line in Brussels, Audi CEO Duessman already promised that the upcoming car would be produced in the Belgian capital. This was later confirmed by the VW planning round in December.
While the German specialized magazine Automobilwoche names no source for the upcoming renaming in its report, there is definitely a rational argument for the move. Apart from the Taycan sister e-tron GT (which is likely to keep its name), the Audi e-tron unveiled in 2018 is the only model without the usual letter-number combination to classify its size.
Probably also to create a distinction to the upcoming Q6 e-tron, the increasing confusion around the e-tron without a name suffix is to be ended – with the Q8 e-tron, clarity would prevail again.
However, there will be no fundamental changes to the dimensions. The future Q8 e-tron will probably retain its difference in length (around eight centimeters) from the current combustion engine Q8.
However, Automobilwoche claims to have received a new figure on the battery of the facelifted model from company circles. As already announced half a year ago, the range is expected to increase by 200 kilometers to 600 kilometers.
As this Q8 e-tron, e.g., a facelifted current e-tron with Hatchback or Sportback bodywork, still has to live for at least three years, it will be necessary to provide a more extensive range. Most of the competitors launching cars soon in these upper segments will have ranges of 600 kilometers or more to propose to possible clients.