PGA Cars, the official distributor of Audi in the Philippines, has officially launched the 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron. What used to simply known as the Audi e-tron, the name change was necessary since the German luxury automaker now makes a whole range of electric vehicles (EVs).
There will be two variants of the Audi Q8 e-tron–the 50 and the 55. What differentiates the two models is its exterior trimmings. The 50 comes with a silver enclosed Singleframe grille and dark gray lower body panels while the 55 comes with body-colored lower panels and a gloss black grille.
As for what’s common between the two models, the Q8 e-tron also serves as a mid-cycle facelift. The grille comes with LED lighting at night, while the side air vents have been enlarged for a sportier look. Lastly, the rear diffuser has also been redesigned to add visual drama to its rear fascia. The grille also comes with a self-sealing system that works in conjunction with electric shutters that close the radiator.
Moving inside, the changes made to the Audi Q8 e-tron are much more minor. These are limited to new interior trim choices such as light brown walnut wood, while some of the interior parts are partially made out of recycled PET bottles. Audi’s dual-screen MMI infotainment system returns and it now comes with built-in Apple Music. The system is still operated through a dual-screen layout, the main one being a 10.1-inch screen and a smaller 8.6-inch screen for the climate controls and drive settings.
Performance is where Audi made huge strides for the new Q8 e-tron. When the e-tron SUV was first unveiled, it only had a 69 kWh battery that results in just 341 kilometers of range. Now, the range kicks off with a bigger 89 kWh battery (95 kWh gross) for the Q8 50 e-tron, thus increasing the range to 491 kilometers. Power has also been increased for the base Q8 50 e-tron, as it now produces 335 hp and 664 Nm of torque.
Moving up the food chain is the Q8 55 e-tron, and this gets an even bigger 106 kWh (114 kWh gross) battery, which is enough for 582 kilometers for the standard model. The dual-motor Q8 55 e-tron also packs more punch with 402 hp on top though torque is the same as the Q8 e-tron 50.
As with PGA Cars tradition, pricing for the 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron is only available upon request. Visit your nearest Audi dealer to find out more about the new Q8 e-tron, or visit Bonifacio High Street until tomorrow, August 6 to experience the Q8 through an experiential test drive yourself.