German auto giant Audi has confirmed that the 2022 ‘Audi e-tron S’ and ‘e-tron S Sportback’ are making their way to the U.S. this fall. Both ‘e-tron S’ and ‘e-tron S Sportback’ will add to Audi’s portfolio of performance electric vehicles.
These two are the first fully electric S models. The S variants of ‘e-tron’ and ‘e-tron Sportback’ are made wider than their normal models, which is also the first time for any S model. Anyway, let’s give you more insights on the upcoming Audi ‘e-tron S’ models in the U.S.
What’s new in the 2022 ‘Audi e-tron S’ And ‘e-tron S Sportback’?
Design and Appearance
These models are nearly two inches wider than the e-tron and e-tron Sportback. Audi says these are the first S models to have a wider body frame than the standard variants.
In addition, the front and rear bumpers are larger, aggressive, and have expressive air curtains that give them a unique appeal. Each front fender is 0.9-inch wide compared to the standard e-tron models. There’ll be 20-inch standard wheels.
Matrix-designed LED headlights are provided as standard, whereas digital Matrix LED headlights are also available as optional.
Performance and Drivetrain
Both e-tron S models are equipped with three independent motor setups. Two motors are installed on the rear axle and one on the front.
Normally, the e-trons get their power from the rear motors, and the front one remains off until it’s needed. According to the automaker, when the front motor comes in action, “it provides power, aids traction, and benefits the driver with brake-based torque vectoring that can activate within milliseconds of the e-tron S sensing wheel slip.”
In normal mode, the e-tron S generates instant 429 HP and 808 Nm of torque. However, in boost numbers, these numbers take a leap of 496 HP and 973 Nm of torque for about 8 seconds at a time. Under boost mode, the e-tron S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds.
Battery Capacity and Electric Range
Audi ‘e-tron S’ and ‘e-tron S Sportback’ are equipped with an 85 kWh li-ion battery pack installed low under the bed for better handling and stability.
Speaking of electric range, the estimated EPA range for ‘e-tron S’ with standard wheels is 208 miles. However, for ‘e-tron S Sportback’, it’s 212 miles.
Both the S models support fast charging, a 150 kW DC fast charger that can juice up the batteries from 5 to 80% in about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, the standard home charger is a 9.6kW AC level 2 charger.
As expected, both the ‘e-tron S’ models come standard with a 12.3” virtual cockpit and a dual-screen MMI display with a 10.1” upper and 8.6” lower display. Some of the other standard features include:
- Adaptive Cruise Assist
- Audi active lane assisted with turn assist
- Audi phone box with signal booster
- Audi pre sense front
- Topview camera
- Traffic sign recognition
- 3D satellite navigation imagery via Google with a newly updated e-tron route planner
Audi ‘e-tron S’ And ‘e-tron S Sportback’ Price
The ex-showroom price range for the ‘e-tron S’ model lineup are:
|Audi e-tron S||$84,800||$89,800|
|Audi e-tron S Sportback||$87,400||$92,400|
These prices do not include the destination fee of $1,095, tax, or any other charges. Hence, the final price will be decided by the dealers.
Source: Audi Press Release