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Two all-electric flavors of the 2022 Audi E-Tron GT debut with 500+ horsepower

Audi debuted the sportier E-Tron GT and RS E-Tron GT today.

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After years of teasing, Audi's electric-powered grand tourer has finally arrived. The 2022 Audi E-Tron GT is a wide, low, powerful performance sedan that comes in two variants: E-Tron GT and RS E-Tron GT.

The car's standout design features include a long wheelbase, wide track, and large wheels. It's lower and wider than the Audi A7, and equal in length. The car has aesthetic attributes that tie it to the rest of the Audi family including an inverted Singleframe grille, Quattro blisters above the wheels, and flat greenhouse that slopes with the roofline. The car has a five-layer carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof - a first for the company.

U.S.-bound E-Tron GT models will ride on 20-inch five-double-spoke alloy wheels with gray accents. Models with the available performance package have 20-inch five-double-spoke alloy wheels with black accents. The RS E-Tron GT comes standard with 20-inch five-spoke AERO wheels and is available with 21-inchers.

The length of the E-Tron GT Is similar to the Audi A7.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The E-Tron GT has two electric motors. The one at the front produces 235 horsepower and the rear motor delivers 429 horsepower. The motors' net combined output is 469 horsepower, or up to 522 horsepower with overboost for 2.5 seconds with launch control, and 464 pound-feet of torque (472 pound-feet with overboost). This power allows the E-Tron GT to get from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and have a top track speed of 152 mph.

The RS E-Tron GT has the same front motor but a more powerful rear motor. The rear motor produces 450 horsepower making the combined output 590 horsepower and up to 637 horsepower with overboost. Total system torque is 612 pound-feet. As a result, the RS e-tron GT can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph, making it about as quick as a V10-powered Audi A8.

Both cars have a two-speed transmission.They also have a three-chamber air suspension that has 60 percent greater capacity than a similar system in the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback. There are varied body ride nights and changes in each spring can be activated and deactivated individually to personalize driving style.

The car takes 22.5 minutes to charge from five to 80 percent.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The cars have a standard fixed locking rear differential. A controlled rear-axle differential lock is available on the E-Tron GT and is standard on RS E-Tron GT.

Each E-Tron GT stores its power in a 93.4 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery back. The e-tron GT comes standard with the ability to charge at an industry-benchmark 270 kilowatts using DC fast-chargers. This allows it to replenish its battery from five to 80 percent in 22.5 minutes.

Preliminary manufacturer's estimated ranges based on approximation of EPA test cycles for a full charge are 238 miles for the E-Tron GT and 232 miles for the RS E-Tron GT. That's more than the Porsche Taycan but far less than the Tesla Model S's range.

The cabin of the E-Tron GT Is styled in typical Audi fashion. It is a leather-free interior that features recycled materials. Dynamic and Alcantara upholstery are standard. Nappa leather is available. In front of the driver is 12.3-inch version of Audi Virtual Cockpit and 10.1-inch MMI touch screens dimply toward the driver.

2022 Audi E-Tron GT

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A flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara is standard. A perforated, leather-wrapped wheel and capacitive hands-on detection are available.

Each E-Tron GT will be produced alongside the Audi R8 at the company's Böllinger Höfe plant using a highly automated process.

The 2022 Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT will arrive in the U.S. this summer. The E-Tron GT Quattro Premium Plus base model is priced at $99,900. The E-Tron GT Quattro Prestige mid-grade model has a $107,100 price tag. For a top-tier RS E-Tron GT buyers are slated to pay $139,900. Destination and delivery fees are extra.

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All-new 2022 Audi A3 and S3 coming soon

The 2022 A3 gets sharper styling.

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The Audi A3 and S3 might be small, but both cars bring benchmark performance and luxury to the compact side of the premium market. The cars have been totally overhauled for the 2022 model year, and pick up new powertrain tech, updated interiors, and sharper styling.

Audi says that the A3 is wider and more aggressively styled than its predecessor, and notes that it will carry a new, wider grille and headlight design. The S3 is now longer and wider than before, and will sport a larger, more aggressive exhaust system.


2022 Audi A3 The A3's interior gets new color options for 2022.Audi


The 2022 A3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 201 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain also gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid boost for the first time in 2021, which will provide better take-off acceleration and can allow the car to coast with the engine off.

The S3 derives 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which is a bump of 18 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque over its predecessor. Audi says that the new powertrain configuration allows the 2022 S3 to sprint from 0-60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. The S3 also benefits from a .6-inch drop in ride height and new available S sport suspension with damper control that can be adjusted with drive mode selections from the cockpit.


2022 Audi S3 The sporty S3 has also been redesigned for 2022.Audi


The A3's interior brings standard heated setas with eight-way power adjustment, a standard panoramic sunroof, tri-zone climate control, and leather upholstery. Two new color options are available for the 2021 A3, including Santos Brown with Steel Gray stitching and Parchment Beige with Steel Gray stitching. The S3 gets new power-adjustable S sport seats, and can be upgraded inside with diamond-stitched Nappa leather upholstery.

A 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard for both cars, along with a 10.25-inch digital gauge display. Audi's virtual cockpit system, which can project maps and other information into the gauge cluster, is available with a 12.3-inch gauge upgrade option. A head-up display is also available for the first time in both cars.


2022 Audi S3 The S3's interior has been updated with new seats.Audi


Audi includes a few advanced driver aids as standard equipment, which include forward collision warnings, high-beam assist, lane departure warnings, and a pre-collision system that shuts windows and pretensions seatbelts. Most features are optional, and include a parking assistance system, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind spot monitoring, and more.

The 2022 Audi A3 will have a starting price of $34,945, which includes a $1,045 destination charge. The A3 Quattro will start at $36,945 and the 2021 S3 will have a starting price of $45,945.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder arrives on dealer lots this summer.

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The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder doesn't have to be capable of rock crawling or deep water fording. What it has to do is service the needs of families in their daily life and give them the opportunity to competently go off-roading on rocky trails should they desire. The new, fifth-generation models does just that and adds in enough nifty features to make it among the most compelling choices for three-row SUV buyers.

The 2022 Pathfinder is thoroughly modern though not the boxy off-roader it once was. The SUV's styling harkens back to that time with a tilted, darkened C-pillar and a return to a more muscular body style. That styling makes straightforward visibility good but for shorter drivers seeing what is immediately in front of the grille is a challenge that necessitates using surround view camera technology (available only in upper trim levels) when navigating challenging terrain.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can easily handle the roads less traveled.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 that offers up 291 horsepower and torque - plenty to do the job without complaint. The SUV's nine-speed automatic transmission replaces the continuously variable transmission (CVT) from the previous generation and delivers smooth shifts. Though low-end torque isn't as robust as I like it to be, once up over 35 mph, the Pathfinder's powertrain delivers smooth, powerful sailing.

The redesigned architecture and components underpinning the Pathfinder make it stable on the road and don't allow it to wallow on winding roads. Even off-road, the suspension provides the right blend of stability while the drive dynamics allowing the driver to feel engaged with their surroundings whether on freshly paved roads, city streets, or muddy trails.

Nissan has given the Pathfinder a 6,000-pound towing capacity and even when maxed out the engine's functionality is strong as ever. The transmission can get held up in a gear mid-range when performing this function, however, with 5,000-6,000 rpms registering on the tachometer but a quick release of the gas pedal recalibrates the offering bringing it down to a more traditional 2,000 rpm range.

The eight-seater Pathfinder clearly has the Toyota Highlander in its sights, with good reason. It's the top-selling three-row SUV in the country. Nissan boasts that three adults can fit across the rear bench seat of the Pathfinder and, as long as they're average size or smaller, the marketing talking point holds up. There is gobs more room back there than there is in the Highlander.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has given the Pathfinder ample cargo space.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Getting in and out of the third row is easy thanks to one-touch buttons on the outboard side of the second-row chairs that move the SUV's captain's seats forward creating enough room to get through to the back. Smartly, Nissan's engineers have put duplicates of these buttons on the back side of the same seats allowing third-row passengers to simply press the button to move the seat up.

The third row can also be accessed via a split between the captain's chairs as well, a space traditionally occupied by a center stowage bin/cup holders/arm rest. Owners can quickly remove the center console by opening a panel on the front and pulling the release mechanism. The one-handed operation takes seconds and the console can be easily stored in the under-floor trunk space behind the third row seat for ease.

Speaking of cargo space... The Pathfinder is one of the most spacious midsize SUVs on the market today for both passengers and cargo. There is a substantial amount of room behind the third-row seat and the under-floor storage area is nearly twice the size of the one in the Highlander. Plus, it has a feature that allows the area cover to be automatically propped up when pushed up by a user. This is especially help when carrying groceries or plants home and keeps them from being crushed.

The first- and second-row seats are suitably comfortable, even for extended periods of time and standard trig-zone climate control makes finding the right in-cabin mix easy. Bottle holders in the pockets of the front doors are exceptionally large, fitting even bulky water bottles.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder's front row seats are comfortable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

In front of the driver is a standard tachometer, speedometer, and 7.0-inch driver information display. Buyers can upgrade to a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and head-up display but they're not reason enough to upgrade to the top-tier Pathfinder Platinum on their own.

Nissan packs the new Pathfinder with a host of desirable features that make living with the Pathfinder easier including one-touch auto up/down windows, a wireless phone charger, grocery hooks in the rear cargo area, USB ports in all three rows, second-row sunshades, rear door keyless entry, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a motion-activated lift gate.

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is priced to start at $33,410 for the two-wheel drive S base model and $35,310 for the four-wheel drive S base model. The model tops out around $50,000 with destination and delivery included, which seems fair when comparing the Pathfinder to other vehicles in the market.

2022 Nissan Pathfinder The Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

If you're thinking of purchasing a Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Honda Pilot, or Highlander, do yourself a favor and schedule a test drive of the new Pathfinder when it arrives at a dealer lot near you. You may just be surprised how seamlessly it fits into your daily life compared to the competition.

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