New versions of the Audi E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback are in development, and this spy shot captured them together in Austria. The electric crossover has an updated exterior, in addition to the rumored powertrain changes.
The standard E-Tron and Sportback seem to share the same front-end styling. The revised grille features an intersecting hexagonal mesh pattern, compared to the current look with a mix of vertical elements and narrow slats.
The lower fascia continues to have a trapezoidal hole in the center. It also looks like the opening in the corner is smaller than the existing design, but the camouflage can hide something.
The arrangement along the sides appears simplified compared to the current model.
At the rear, the model appears to have new taillights. There are now stacks of horizontal elements on the outside of each lamp. The camouflage may be hiding something, but it seems the lights no longer span the entire width of the tail.
Like the revised side sills, the sculptures for the lower part of the rear bumper appear more refined and simpler than the current design.
Our spies weren’t able to take photos inside this vehicle, but they reportedly caught a glimpse of the cabin. The E-Tron model allegedly has a revised infotainment screen that shares the bezel with the instrument, which is the current style trend in the industry.
A rumor from last year claims that the updated E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback have new batteries that increase their range. They can allegedly cover a distance of 373 miles (600 kilometers) on a standard WLTP charge. The current EPA rating is 222 miles for E-Tron and 218 miles for Sportback. The WLTP test usually yields higher numbers than those from the EPA.
A more powerful electric motor is also reported among the upgrades. The current model produces 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) or 402 hp (300 kW) in Boost Mode. The more powerful S Class has 429 hp (320 kW) or 496 hp (370 kW) in Boost Mode.
The updated E-Tron model is reportedly debuting before the end of the year. They will be available as model year 2023 vehicles.