Not that long ago, Audi introduced an update for the 2021 E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback models that basically allows the front motor to de-energize during normal driving. This essentially cuts down on the amount of juice drawn from the battery and, when paired with the increase in usable battery capacity, Audi has been able to provide a few extra miles of range. Now, owners of the 2019 and 2020 Audi E-Tron 55 Quattro can get the same free update to see a range increase of about 12.43 miles (20 km, for those of you in Europe) or about five percent.
The downside to this is that the update must be done via Audi’s dealer network, so don’t expect an over-the-air update anytime soon. Prior to the time of this writing, Audi had only announced this update for European E-Tron owners, but Audi sent a statement to Motor 1 claiming that the same update will be provided to U.S. drivers in the near future. The update is certainly one worth having, though, as it will push the useable update of the battery up to 86 kWh, still a bit shy of the gross capacity of 95 kWh, but overall not bad.
We’re told that alongside the tweaks to motor operation, the thermal management also receives some tweaks. Apparently the coolant system has a reduced flow rate, which cuts down on the amount of energy used for that. The update will be available on any E-Tron 55 quattro that was built between mid-September 2019 and the end of November 2019. It also comes ahead of rumors that the E-Tron will be getting a refresh at the end of 2022 for the 2023 model year. That update is said to include a new battery and more efficient electric motors – good enough to push useable range up to 373 miles or about 600 km.
|Peak electrical output in kW||265|
|Continuous electrical output in kW||100|
|Electrical torque output in Nm (lb-ft)||561 (413.8)|
|Battery type / Battery energy content in kWh||Lithium-ion / 95|
|Top speed in km/h (mph)||200 (124.3)|
|Electrical acceleration, 0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) in s||6.6|
|Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi)*||24.3 – 22.0 (NEDC); 26.1 – 22.2 (WLTP)|
|CO2 emissions combined in g/km (g/mi)||0|
|Electric range refers to the electric power consumption in the combined WLTP test cycle in km (mi)*||369 – 441 (229.3 – 274.0)|
|Unladen weight without driver / with driver / gross weight limit in kg (lb)||2520 (5555.6) / 2595 (5721.0) / 3170 (6988.7)|