Audi to phase out E-Tron SUV in favor of Q8 E-Tron in 2026, report says

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The current e-tron is a bit nondescript, but we like it.

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Audi’s electric car naming scheme has been, at best, a little confusing. The original e-tron is a very nice two-row SUV, there’s an e-tron GT, which is a coupe-sedan thing. Then the naming conventions changed so that the “e-tron” became a signifier of being electric, rather than a model name.


Thankfully, it looks like Audi is leaning into the post-naming way of naming things, something that has been corroborated by a report. RTL on November 10th. Published by Belgian website called, That publication confirms that Audi will be phasing out its e-tron SUV and replacing it with a bigger, more luxury SUV called the Q8 e-tron.

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This Q8 e-tron is due out in 2026, three years after a planned midcycle refresh for the current e-tron SUV, according to Audi boss Marcus Duesmann. The new electric uber-SUV is also expected to be one of 20 new fully battery-electric models that Audi plans to launch by 2026.

The Q8 E-Tron will be produced in Belgium, which already has a beautiful automotive industry thanks to production from other Audi models and Volvo’s factory in Ghent.

We reached out to Audi for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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