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New entry-level Audi e-tron coming in 2020. Here’s what you need to know

New entry-level Audi e-tron coming in 2020. Here’s what you need to know

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Here’s what you can expect on the new ‘e-tron 50’ model Since the Audi e-tron was launched earlier this year, it’s solely been available with a powertrain known as the ‘e-tron 55 quattro’. But from early 2020, buyers will be able to buy a more affordable version of the e-tron, which is known as the ‘e-tron 50 quattro’. Here’s what you need to know about this exciting entry-level model…

Smaller battery and less powerful electric motor

The price of an EV is often dictated by the power generated from its electric motor, as well as the size of its battery – the latter the biggest factor in how far it can travel on a single charge.

Audi 50 Quattro

The regular 55 version produces 402bhp from its electric motor, and features a 95kWh battery, whereas this new version features a smaller 71kWh battery, which allows for an electric range of 186 miles, and a power output of 309bhp.

While it is slower than the regular model, the new 50 can still reach a top speed of 118mph, along with a 0-60mph time of 6.8 seconds.


Not quite as rapid charging

The regular e-tron 55 comes with a 150kW rapid charging, which makes it compatible with some of the fastest rapid chargers across Europe – useful when it comes to charging its massive battery.

Audi 50 Quattro e-tron

But as the 50 doesn’t come with such a large battery, there isn’t the need for such rapid charging, so this new version will charge at a 120kW rate instead. That’s still plenty, though, especially for the UK’s current charging infrastructure.


More affordable pricing

While Audi hasn’t announced pricing for the e-tron just yet, this new version’s main intention is to help make EVs more accessible. So, with that in mind, you can expect the new 50 quattro to be a more affordable prospect than the larger-capacity e-tron’s £71,560 starting price.

Audi E-Tron interior