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South Africa's foremost electric mobility platform

  • Writer's pictureIan McLaren

Audi South Africa announces pricing for its forthcoming e-tron range

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

Audi has bold plans for the future of its showroom offerings. Through substantial investment in resources, as well as crucial collaboration within the broader Volkswagen Group family, the Ingolstadt-based brand with the four rings is committed to offering no fewer than 30 electrified cars, including 20 all-electric products by 2025. In achieving this goal, one-third of all Audi models sold globally will be electric.

Critical to these ambitions is the development and evolution of four vehicle platforms that will accommodate a vast number of forthcoming electrified products from Volkswagen AG.

Crowned by the first-ever electrically-powered RS derivative, the RS e-tron GT, the brand plans to harness the knowledge that the listed number one reason customers are drawn to the Four Rings family remains the sophisticated aesthetic appeal of its products.

The aspirational drawcard of the flagship RS e-tron GT aside, Audi South Africa is confident the 2020 global best-selling EV within its segment, the e-tron SUV, and its e-tron Sportback sibling will find similar favour in our market. Built on the brand’s familiar MLB evo platform, Audi’s first all-electric production model may share similarities in terms of its shape with existing members of the Q family of SUVs yet, led my an enthused head of design, Marc Lichte, it introduces many of the design and packaging enhancements only made possible with the deletion of an internal combustion engine and mated transmission.

Available via 10 dedicated Audi showrooms throughout South Africa (3 in Johannesburg, 3 in Pretoria, 2 in Cape Town and 2 in Durban), the brand’s all-electric range is made up of the e-tron SUV 55 in either Advanced or S line specification, two ­­­­ derivatives (55 and S) and two versions of the e-tron GT.

While the listed outputs of these models are deceptive in that they indicate the maximum available kW and N.m when using boost mode (launch control), even the relatively bulky e-tron SUV will show most hot hatches a clean pair of heals. More pertinent to this and the Sportback offering is they should each deliver an operating range greater than 360 km.

The e-tron GT and mighty RS e-tron GT models, on the other hand, have bene engineered as particularly capable grand tourers. While the operating range for each is claimed to peak at 472 km, the RS should sprint from 0-100 km/h in less than 4.0-seconds.

Audi will sell its e-tron range with a 5 year/100 000 km Freeway plan and a 8 year/160 000 km battery warranty. Included in the price is a home inspection aimed at determining the best-possible charging solution for each customer, as well as a voucher towards the installation of a single-phase, 32Amps Wallbox charge box.

A subscription to South Africa’s foremost charge station installer, GridCars, is also included. This affords e-tron owners access to the fast-growing network of public charge stations.

Audi e-tron 55 advanced - R1 990 000 Audi e-tron 55 S-line - R2 045 000 Audi e-tron 55 Sportback S line - R2 115 000 Audi e-tron S Sportback - R2 425 000 Audi e-tron GT - R2 715 000 Audi RS e-tron GT - R3 300 000

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