As consumers start to shy away from gas and hybrid powertrains, the EV market has never been hotter. In turn, automakers have embraced the technology and are racing to convert their lineups to electric. Audi is no exception. In fact, the German automaker boasts a plethora of electric cars and SUVs for the 2021 and 2022 model years.
Audi’s 2021 electric models in production
Audi is a luxury division of the Volkswagen Group. It’s “benefiting from a $42 billion investment over five years, during which some 70 all-electric models will be launched across all of the German automaker’s brands by 2030,” MotorTrend reports.
Currently in production are the 2021 Audi e-tron SUV and 2021 Audi e-tron Sportback.
The SUV features a futuristic design with a cabin packed with the latest technology features. Though the starting price is high at $72,933, the e-tron gets an impressive 74 MPGe and 73 MPGe highway. The SUV debuted in 2019 and was Audi’s first attempt at an electric vehicle.
Last year, the brand introduced the new e-tron Sportback. The 2021 model has minimal changes from the previous year. MotorTrend refers to the automaker’s second electric vehicle as “a stylish, sloped-roof coupe version of the SUV.” The Sportback starts at $75,589 and gets 76 MPGe city and 78 MPGe highway.
The future of Audi electric vehicles
In the works for the 2022 model year are the Audi e-tron GT and e-tron GT RS sedan. The GT is the brand’s third electric vehicle, offering powerful performance and the most exciting cabin of all the new models to date.
The RS variant of the four-door e-tron is a luxuriously upgraded model. This high-performance sports car is in the same class as the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S.
Looking toward the future of SUVs, the five-passenger 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback are smaller, more economical compact crossover SUVs. These dual-motor, all-wheel-drive models are expected to have an extended range of 250 miles. The estimated starting MSRP will hover around $45,000.
Technology is impressive in the Q4, with a standard 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard and an 11.6-inch screen available in higher trims. The head-up display with navigational and driver-assist features is impressive, as is a standard 10.3-inch instrument cluster.
A 2022 Audi Q5 e-tron SUV is also in the works and should be available midseason. The Car Connection reports pricing is expected to start around $42,595 with a standard S Line exterior. A plug-in hybrid Q5 will also be available for $53,995 to $62,445.
All of these electric variants will be under the Audi e-tron moniker in some form or another.
The 2021 e-tron at a glance
U.S. News ranks the 2021 Audi e-tron number one among luxury hybrid and electric SUVs. In fact, reviewers note it offers a “sumptuous interior, user-friendly infotainment system, brisk acceleration, and refined handling.”
This electric SUV also handles well, boasting smooth suspension, quick acceleration, and precision handling. The spacious cabin offers luxurious materials throughout to create a comfortable environment.
Overall, Audi’s new EV lineup promises to be impressive, with a level of refinement consumers expect of the luxury brand.