The $66,995 base price (including a mandatory $1,095 destination charge) isn't a price cut.
The 2019 e-tron was offered at $74,800 (MSRP) and effectively at $68,295.
The E-Tron also qualifies for the full $7,500 federal EV tax credit, and may qualify for additional state and local incentives, depending on locality.
That quite substantial drop in price means that sales should increase and by the way, Audi will make space to introduce the sporty S versions of both models at a higher price. Now, the base E-Tron previous year was the Premium Plus trim, so this is essentially a de-contented E-Tron that you're getting for far cheaper than before. There's more than just the cheaper price to consider this year, though.
The company explains that the vehicle has more range through optimized drive system hardware and software adjustments. For example, the front electric motor can be entirely disengaged to save power.
Besides the new entry-level trim, all 2021 E-Trons have an 95 kWh battery with a usable capacity of 86.5 kWh - an improvement of almost 3 kWh. However, that package can be added back on via the Convenience Plus Package that costs $3,500 and also adds the Black optic exterior design kit for blacked-out trim. The front motor only comes into the equation when the power demand dictates it, or the rear tires lose traction. It is the most powerful SUV Coupe in the entire Audi's line-up. The battery buffer is now 8.5 kWh (or nearly 9% of total). The e-tron and newly introduced e-tron Sportback mark the first and second fully electric models in the Audi brand's commitment to 30 percent of the U.S. model lineup being fully or partially electrified by 2025. "The energy buffer is created to help ensure customers enjoy sustained battery performance throughout the life of the vehicle".
".the usable amount of the high-voltage battery has increased for the model year 2021 e-tron lineup".