Another electric car confirmed for SA: Audi's rousing e-tron to arrive early 2022

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• Audi South Africa will launch its line-up of e-tron vehicles in 2022's first quarter.

• The range will consist of various body styles, including SUV.

• Pricing and specification will be announced closer to the time.

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Audi South Africa has committed itself to an all-electric future and will herald the new era in the first quarter of 2022. Come next year, Audi will launch its family of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, all falling under the e-tron banner. In total, the automaker will launch six new vehicles across three different model ranges in SA.

The introduction of Audi's model range is more significant than just South Africa now having EV options from the Four Rings. By 2026, every new Audi launched on the global market will be all-electric, with most of Audi's markets only selling EVs by 2030. Therefore, Audi South Africa looks to be at the forefront of these goals and is readying itself and the local market for it.

Sascha Sauer, Head of Audi South Africa, says: "Across the world, the automotive industry is announcing plans to phase out combustion engines to advance the transformation of the industry for the future. As Audi South Africa, we see ourselves as being able to contribute to this global vision and have the responsibility to do that. Not only are we aligned with the importance of sustainability, but we have the technology, performance, and design credentials within our e-tron range to offer our premium customers an all-electric drive that will inspire and excite."

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2022 Audi e-tron

The e-tron range

2021 has been a big year for Audi South Africa, kickstarting it with the launch of 15 new models. At the event earlier this year, Audi SA confirmed that it would launch more models in the coming months and years, but has been rather coy about the e-tron. Now, though, it's been confirmed that not one model but the entire family of e-tron vehicles will be available on the local market.

This should give Audi the greatest choice of electric models of all automakers conducting business in South Africa. The upcoming e-tron line-up consists of:

• SUV category: Audi e-tron 50 and e-tron 55

• CUV category: Audi e-tron Sportback 55 and e-tron Sportback S

• High-performance category: Audi e-tron GT and Audi RS e-tron GT

Sauer concludes: "Announcing our electric vehicle range is a key part our objective to have the youngest and freshest product offering in the market. We're excited to share more details with our customers on our electric journey over the next few months, leading up to the e-tron range's official model introduction in quarter one next year."

Product specification and pricing associated with the e-tron range will be announced closer to retail launch.

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