6 things you need to know about the 2019 Audi e-tron
The 2019 Audi e-tron is set to go on sale in the second quarter of 2019. We got a test drive this week of the new all-electric crossover, so look for that report next week. For now, here's what you need to know.
Size: It will be smaller than the Tesla Model X but bigger than the Jaguar I-Pace. It feels small behind the wheel thanks to a low center of gravity and quick, mechanical-feeling steering. And the electric power.
Powertrain: The Audi e-tron comes with two motors -- one on each axle -- and a large plate of batteries in between. The combination delivers 402 hp (300 kw) and 489 lb-ft of torque. It can power each axle independently and uses brake torque vectoring to split power to the rear.
Range: Audi claims the e-tron will get 248 miles of range, though that depends on driving style and myriad other factors. On the morning drive, I felt it dropped faster than expected, but in the afternoon the mileage driven vs. range expected was right on point.
Regen: The 2019 Audi e-tron has three levels of regeneration. The first is basically just coasting, with a little bit of regen. The second level, selectable through the steering wheel paddles, adds a little more and the third almost puts you in one-pedal driving territory. The only way to tell -- other than feel -- is by a little hash mark in the gauge cluster power meter. It goes up to minus-0.3gs of force in that top level. Going down a 10-kilometer hill, we regenerated almost 10 kilometers of range.
Tech:The coolestbit of tech on the e-tron isn't coming to the United States, yet. Instead of sideview mirrors, it has two cameras that display those views in windows on the door panels. Like the rearview mirror camera that's proliferating across the market, it takes a lot of getting used to. That's mainly because your eyes are used to focusing at that point and at that depth. It does shrink blind spots to near-zero.
Price: The 2019 e-tron, when it goes on sale next year, will start at $75,795 for the Premium Plus trim. The Prestige model, which adds a head-up display, driver assistance package, power door closers and more, comes in at $82,795, including $995 in destination.
Check in next week for our in-depth first drive review.