The report states that Audi will replace the E-Tron SUV in favor of the Q8 E-Tron in 2026.

The current E-Tron is a bit unscripted, but we like it.

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Audi’s electric car name scheme, at best, has been a bit confusing. The original E-Tron is a great two-row SUV, an E-Tron GT, a coupe sedan thing. Then the naming tradition changed so much that the “E-Tron” itself became a symbol of being electronic rather than a model name.

Thankfully, Audi seems to be leaning towards post-naming procedures, reinforced by a report published on November 10 by the Belgian website RTL. The publication confirms that Audi will phase out its E-Tron SUV and replace it with a larger, more luxurious SUV called the Q8 E-Tron.

The Q8 E-Tron is due in 2026, three years after a planned mid-cycle refresh for the current E-Tron SUV, according to Audi boss Marcus Dosman. The new electric uber-SUV will also be one of the maximum 20 new full battery electric models that Audi plans to launch by 2026.

The Q8 E-Tron will be manufactured in Belgium, which already has a thriving automotive industry, due to other Audi models and Volvo’s factory in Ghent.

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

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