Audi e-tron SUV New Zealand bound

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Words: Nile Bijoux
21 Jan 2019

Audi has announced that its first pure EV, the e-tron SUV, will land in New Zealand mid-2019.

“We have received unprecedented interest in the Audi e-tron following the global launch. After the reveal, we offered our customers the opportunity to reserve one of 100 vehicle build slots, with our production allocation selling out in just eight days” said Dean Sheed, General Manager, Audi New Zealand.

The e-tron’s pair of electric motors boast a peak output of 300kW, allowing a 0-100km/h sprint of 5.7 seconds. A revised version of quattro all-wheel drive is on-board, altering the torque distribution between the axles “within a fraction of a second.”

More than 400km of range should be possible, partially thanks to Audi’s energy recovery systems. Last year these were tested at Pikes Peak, and for every kilometre driven downhill the e-tron regenerated an extra kilometre of range, something Audi says no series production model has achieved until now.

Those after the leading edge in technology will be interested to know Audi is offering to swap the traditional wing mirrors for side-mounted cameras, which feed into seven-inch displays and are equipped with proximity sensors.

The Audi e-tron is being built in a CO2-neutral plant in Brussels and will be arriving in New Zealand dealerships mid-2019. The starting price of the electric SUV in New Zealand is $148,500.

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