Audi Philippines officially launches e-tron EV

There’s a new challenger in the Philippine electric vehicle market. After its global debut in Europe, Audi’s first EV, the e-tron, is now available in the country.

Audi Philippines currently offers the e-tron in two variants – e-tron 50 Quattro and e-tron 55 Quattro. Both variants use a dual electric-motor setup (one on each axle), giving it all-wheel drive.

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For the “entry-level” e-tron 50, the total power output is rated at 230 kW or 313 PS with 540 Nm torque and is paired with a 71.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This variant can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 190 km/h. The maximum range is rated at 341 km.

The range-topping e-tron 55 comes with a larger 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, giving it more range at 441 km. Aside from the longer range, the e-tron 55 also comes with a more powerful punch. Power output is rated at 265 kW or 360 PS and 561 Nm torque. With boost mode, those figures go up to 300 kW or 408 PS and 664 Nm torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.

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As with most models in this category, Audi Philippines did not release an official price for the EV crossover. However, we’re told its priced around the same as a Q7. If that’s the case, it should be around the PHP 5 to 6 million mark.

But will it be a hot selling model in the Philippines? EVs aren’t the most popular vehicles in the country. However, it seems there are already buyers even before the models arrived. The company says that 10 units have been pre-sold, with some units already delivered to customers.

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We wonder how well the e-tron will stack up against the current competition, which includes the Taycan. More importantly, we wonder how much the more-stylish e-tron GT will cost once it's officially launched.