North American body rates the e-tron's driving range at 204 miles (328km) per charge, which is well down on the manufacturer's 400km claim.
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Audi's US division has released the EPA-rated driving range for its e-tron quattro SUV ahead of a sales launch in the region next month, and it's not as good as you might expect.

Official testing rates the e-tron as being capable of 204mi (328km) per charge, which is significantly behind its key rivals – namely the Jaguar I-Pace (234mi, 376.6km) and Tesla Model X Long Range (295mi, 474.7km).

The EPA range rating is also quite a bit down on the "over 400km" Audi claimed at the e-tron's reveal last year, based on the 'realistic' WLTP testing regime.

In its American press release, the German marque says the e-tron "is designed for daily usability" and "built for everyday use", though we'd argue its longer range rivals are more than capable of being great daily drivers.

While the e-tron uses a 95kWh lithium-ion battery pack – which is greater than the I-Pace (90kWh) but slightly smaller than the Model X – the e-tron won't allow charging beyond 88 per cent capacity, or 83.6kWh, according to Autoblog.

In North America the e-tron's battery is covered by an eight year, 100,000-mile (160,934.4km) warranty.

Pricing in the US starts at US$75,795 ($106,396.47) before applying the US$7500 federal tax rebate, with first deliveries arriving in the region from May.


Despite North America getting the e-tron from next month, Australians will have to wait at least until the new year.

Speaking with CarAdvice at an event last week, Audi's local manager for corporate communications, Shaun Cleary, said the e-tron's Australian launch has been pushed back until 2020 as the company works through a backlog of WLTP compliance processes across its range.

That puts Audi behind arch-rival Mercedes-Benz in the race to launch an all-electric SUV, with the new EQC slated to hit our roads around October this year.

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