A Cheaper Audi EV’s on the Way: Report

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Customers won’t get a chance to buy an Audi E-tron SUV until next year, but, if money’s tight, they might want to hold off for a while. The German brand’s first electric utility vehicle (seen above) arrives in the second quarter of 2019, carrying a base price of $74,800 — at least once the launch editions clear out. More E-trons will follow, including a Sportback version of the SUV and a top-flight GT sports sedan.

Green, but still requiring plenty of green to plunk one in your driveway. Audi apparently has a solution for budget-minded premium EV shoppers, and it plans to make it happen with help from Volkswagen.

The MEB platform found beneath VW’s upcoming line of I.D.-badged electrics will set up shop beneath a new Audi SUV, Autocar reports.

The unnamed SUV will, naturally, be smaller in size than the E-tron, positioned between the overseas-only Q2 and familiar Q3 in terms of footprint. The model’s bound for a reveal in late 2019, the publication states, with a launch occuring the following year. Audi’s newest electric will likely bow as a 2021 model.

As one would expect, the little ute borrows design elements found on the larger E-tron. The model will appear with a similar shoulder line, grille and air intakes, according to Audi design boss Marc Lichte.

By borrowing VW’s architecture, Audi’s smallest EV could boast a pre-credit price as low as the high $30k range, which might not sound like a bargain for some. Audi’s two larger SUVs keep it in-house, using the brand’s modular longitudinal platform, while the upcoming GT is said to ride atop the bones used by the hard-to-pronounce Porsche Taycan.

Once here, the model will face competition from the Jaguar E-Pace in the fledgling (but poised to balloon) premium electric utility vehicle segment.

[Image: Audi]

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