The fully electric 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron just made its global debut, which will serve as a rival to the Cadillac Lyriq.
It’s actually not an all-new vehicle, as the Audi e-tron crossover has been on sale in the United States since 2019, and was followed by the Sportback e-tron crossover coupe. However, the German automaker has now renamed them to position the EV more clearly in its lineup and in the market. As such, the Audi Q8 e-tron slots against the Cadillac Lyriq in the mid-size luxury crossover segment, as did the outgoing e-tron and Sportback e-tron. A higher-performance version will follow, called the SQ8 e-tron. which was originally called the e-tron S.
Audi will release two powertrains for the US. The Q8 e-tron’s dual-motor setup, simply dubbed 55, produces 402 horsepower with Boost mode and 490 pound-feet of torque, while the SQ8’s three-motor powertrain produces a combined 496 horsepower with Boost mode and 718 pound-feet. These numbers are unchanged compared to the outgoing e-tron’s powertrains.
Along with this updated naming scheme, the Q8 e-tron also gets a bump in range, thanks to an increase in battery capacity from 95 to 106 kWh. The 55 powertrain boasts a 361-mile range while the SQ8 gets 307 miles of range, although that’s based on the WLTP test procedure, which is more optimistic than the EPA’s ratings that aren’t yet available.
It’s worth noting that the 2024 Audi Q8 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron are completely different vehicles than the current ICE-powered Q8 and SQ8 crossovers.
This “new” Q8 e-tron will round out an Audi EV lineup that includes the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron crossovers as well as the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT sedans. These models are part of Audi’s goal to field an EV lineup consisting of 20 models, while going full electric in the next 11 years.
As a reminder, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is powered by GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium Drive motors, which produce 340 horsepower in single-motor, RWD form or 500 horsepower in dual-motor, AWD form. Pricing starts at $62,990.