Audi has started taking orders for their first electric vehicle in the UK, with the E-Tron poised to rival models such as Jaguar's I-Pace, the Tesla Model X and the upcoming Mercedes EQC.
Customers will have the base E-Tron and the E-Tron Launch Edition to choose from. The cars are priced at £71,490 ($92,583) and £82,240 ($106,505) respectively, not inclusive of the UK’s £3,500 government grant.
At £71,490, the new E-Tron is more expensive than the I-Pace, which goes for £58,995 ($76,401), but cheaper than Tesla's £91,650 ($118,691) Model X, per Carscoops.
The E-Tron boasts a 95kWh battery pack which is placed under the passenger compartment. It powers an electric motor for each axle and is good for up to 241 miles. According to Audi, the E-Tron only needs half an hour to charge up to 80 percent of its full capacity when plugged to a 150kW fast charger. And there are also two charging ports, with one in each front wing.
The combined output from the motors goes up to 420 horsepower and 489 pound-feet of torque, while the car can reach the speed of 62 mp/h in 5.7 seconds.
It also comes with an adaptive air suspension, the Audi Virtual Cockpit, the Audi Parking System Plus with 360-degree display and rear-view camera, as well as Lane Departure Warning and MMI Navigation Plus as a standard feature. The E-Tron sits on 20-inch alloy wheels and is strapped with LED headlights but the Launch edition model is on 21-inch wheels and is fitted with Audi's intelligent Matrix LED headlights and adaptive cruise control.
Instead of traditional door mirrors, the latter model is equipped with cameras and also comes with an exterior black styling pack inclusive of privacy glass and black detailing on the front grille and window cappings. The interior is upholstered with Valcona leather, while there's a panoramic sunroof up top.
According to reports, the vehicles are both facing delays in Europe as the result of concerns regarding battery software. But it isn't expected to affect the car rolling out in the US and that remains on schedule for the second quarter of 2019.