Audi Q8 e-tron Being Readied as Tesla Model X Rival

Audi Q8 e-tron Being Readied as Tesla Model X Rival

Audi is readying a Q8 e-tron that will be built to rival the upcoming Tesla Model X.

The Audi Q8 e-tron will sport electric powertrain technology developed by the R8 e-tron supercar, and the German automaker is targeting a practical range of 370 miles. The SUV will will have electric motors driving the front and rear wheels, much like the Tesla Model X, and is expected to have a large battery pack at least equal to the Model X’s 80-kWh unit.

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Naturally, the Q8 will also be available with standard gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid variant. Also planned is a high-performance SQ8 model.

Sources believe the Q8 will be based on the next-generation Q7 SUV, but expect it to sport a much sleeker design and style. Don’t expect to see the Audi Q8 e-tron until after 2017.

GALLERY: Tesla Model X

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[Source: Autocar]

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  • QKodiak

    Audi must be planning to use batteries that don’t exist yet. Getting 370 miles out of an electric SUV would take a 130kWh+ battery pack. That’s why I think it’ll be a PHEV like BMW’s X5 e-drive.

    The 2015 Tesla’s Model X will have the same 85kWh battery as the Model S. The larger size and weight will reduce range by 10%, yielding an EPA range of 238 miles. The extremely low CG and the dual motor AWD system will make the Model X quicker and handle better than anything else in its class. The Supercharger network will also enable cross-country travel for FREE without using any gas whatsoever.

    Panasonic’s 4.1A cells if utilized in a Model S could give it a 320-mile EPA range. That same 100kWh battery would give a Model X a 288-mile EPA range, which is more than enough to utilize the Supercharger system.