Audi Q8 E-Tron SUV Confirmed

Audi’s first electric vehicle, the E-Tron, will stop production in 2025 to make way for a new large electric SUV in 2026, badged Q8 E-Tron.

The Audi E-Tron will be replaced in five years  by a larger 2026 Audi Q8 E-Tron, as Audi prepares to phase out combustion power or ICE vehicles.

Confirmed by Audi during Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo’s visit to Audi’s factory in Forest, Belgium, the new Q8 E-Tron will be built at the facility starting in 2026. It will replace the current E-Tron being built there now.

It is expected to be sized similarly to the Audi Q8.

It’s expected that the Q8 E-Tron will ride on Audi and Porsche’s co-developed Premium Platform Electric (PPE) chassis, which will be used by electric vehicles like the Q6 E-Tron SUV and A6 E-Tron sedan. The next Porsche Macan mid-size SUV.

Audi confirmed plans to introduce its final new model powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE) in 2025, so any successor to today’s Q8 launched from 2026 onwards necessarily be electric.

The current E-Tron is slated to undergo a mid-life refresh in late 2022. It is expected to gain a larger battery pack and more efficient electric motors for a 50 per cent boost in driving range, to over 600km.

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