The date for the e-tron’s retirement is now disclosed
On March 1, Audi made it clear that the company will cease production of internal combustion engines in the near future , and is completely dedicated toward an entirely electric future.
Audi is hoping that by 2025, it’ll be able to provide 20 electric vehicles and judging from how it performs with its existing EV lineup that includes Audi e-tron, the Audi e-tron as well as the performance-oriented RS the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT – Audi is definitely moving towards the correct direction.
The e-tron SUV from Audi, the first exclusively electric car, will be set to be refreshed in the near future and the company promises a major battery upgrade in 2022, but there’s more coming up. Audi has revealed its plan to replace the e-tron with the new upgraded Q8 e-tron by 2026.
The car that will replace it will be completely brand new and run on a specialized EV platform rather than an altered MLB platform that was used on the current e-tron.
Audi has confirmed that the Q8 e tron will be built at the Forest factory located in Belgium where the e-tron Sportback is produced. Pictures of the Q8’s prototype showcase a vehicle that’s significantly more refined than the current e-tron lineup and has new grille designs that feature hexagonal designs instead of the usual horizontal and vertical lines , as well as elegant headlights.
Ultra Modern futuristic features like mirrors for the camera are an interesting addition and the rear end also got a fresh look. The Q8 e-tron, which will reach in the markets by 2026, could result in an Sportback version within a few months after the launch, however Audi remains slack about the specifics.
The Q8 e-tron is expected to join an impressive line-up in 2026. It will include the Q6 e-tron that is set to be launched in the coming months, the first vehicle that utilizes the PPE platform, which was developed by Porsche. You’re welcome, BMW.
“The future will be electric,” said Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Markus Duesmann. “Our factory in Forest is carbon neutral. And when we deliver a new vehicle, it is with a ‘zero emissions’ perspective. Based on this experience, the next car produced here will be the Audi Q8 e-tron, the electric successor to the current e-tron. This choice can be explained by the current success.”