• The 2023 Audi e-Tron Sportback Prepares For A Last Facelift Before Being Replaced in 2026

The Audi e-Tron Sportback will be replaced altogether in 2026 by the Q8 e-tron

Audi announced the e-Tron at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and had the first delivery in May 2019. The Sportback version followed shortly and entered production in 2020. But, even it is a relatively new model, Audi is trying its best to keep it fresh, so a facelift will be revealed in the next few months.

Our spy photographers caught the e-Tron Sportback out for a new testing session, this time around the Arctic Circle where it was spotted playing in the snow.

The 2023 Audi e-Tron Sportback Prepares For A Last Facelift Before Being Replaced in 2026 Exterior Spyshots
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These new spy shots come just a few months after the first prototype was caught testing on the streets of Germany. The new prototype is wearing the same camouflage. The camo mainly covers the front and the rear. So, you should expect a new, smaller grille with a design inspired by the recently launched e-Tron GT. The front bumper will also be redesigned and the headlights will get a new design. At the rear, the only noticeable change is slimmer taillights.

Do not expect to see any major changes on the interior, but, you should expect upgrades to the batteries that allow a longer range and faster charging. As a reminder, the current Sportback is powered by two electric motors, one in the front and one in the back, that generate a total of 335 horsepower and 414 pound-feet of torque. An overboost mode increases output to 402 horsepower and 490 pound-feet. The model comes equipped with a 95 kWh battery that offers a range of 218 miles.

The 2023 Audi e-Tron Sportback Prepares For A Last Facelift Before Being Replaced in 2026 Exterior Spyshots
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As a reminder, the e-tron Sportback will be discontinued in 2026 and it will be replaced by the Q8 E-Tron. Unlike the current e-tron models which are built on the same MLB architecture that underpins models like the Volkswagen Touareg and the Bentley Bentayga, the next Q8 e-tron will get its own dedicated EV platform - most likely the same modular PPE platform that Audi and Porsche developed for large vehicles. This means that the next Q8 e-tron will be superior in both, performance and range.

However, until that happens, expect the facelift e-tron Sportback to debut in late 2022 as a 2023 model.

Alina Moore
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