Future Models - Audi 2019 e-tron
Shanghai show: Audi lights up with E-tron Sportback
Light fantastic: Audi has used about 250 tiny LED lights for its E-Tron Sportback concept, ensuring unique lighting signatures.
Production version of Audi’s E-tron Sportback concept confirmed for 2019
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19 April 2017
AUDI’S push into electrified vehicles has been a given a boost with the reveal
of the zero emissions e-tron Sportback that will become the premium brand’s
second all-electric production model when it goes on sale globally in 2019.
Revealed last night ahead of the Shanghai motor show, the swoopy
crossover-coupe concept follows the E-tron Quattro SUV concept that was
uncovered in 2015 at the Frankfurt show.
Audi Australia general manager of corporate communications Anna Burgdorf told
GoAuto that the company was “keen to gauge customer interest” in a production
version of the E-tron Sportback, adding that it could get the green light for
the Australian market.
“If there is demand for this concept once it reaches production, then it’s
certainly likely we would bring this car to the Australian market,” she said.
“The technology concept and the innovation displayed … are a great
demonstration of our core brand philosophy, Vorsprung durch Technik, and
therefore we’d be keen to see this car introduced here. Provided the production
version meets ADR (Australian Design Rules) and customers are keen to buy and
drive the vehicle, then we’d be keen to offer it to our customer base.”
Ms Burgdorf also refused to rule out the inclusion of the production version of
the E-tron Quattro EV SUV for the Australian market.
“As long as there’s demand in the market, and the package we can offer is the
right one for Australian luxury car buyers, we certainly support alternative
drivetrain technologies and innovative new models.”
That high-riding EV wagon has already been confirmed for production in 2018,
and Audi AG chairman Rupert Stadler has announced that the Sportback will not
be far behind.
“Our Audi E-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its
competitive field that is fit for everyday use,” he said. “With a range of over
500 kilometres and the special electric driving experience, we will make this
sporty SUV the must-have product of the next decade.
“Following close on its heels, in 2019, comes the production version of the
Audi E-tron Sportback – an emotional coupe version that is thrillingly
identifiable as an electric car at the very first glance.”
The dimensions of the E-tron Sportback – 4900mm long, 1980mm wide and 2930mm
wheelbase – put it right in the cross hairs of BMW’s large X6 coupe-SUV and
Mercedes-Benz’s GLE Coupe and not far off its own Q7 seven-seater.
However its 1530mm height means it sits much lower than its rivals from Munich
and Stuttgart, suggesting Audi is going for a more dynamic and sporty design –
more coupe than SUV.
Audi has described the striking low-slung four-door concept as a “design study
and technology demonstrator,” and while it is set to morph into a production
model, it has a number of features that highlight its concept status.
Along with its LED head and tail-lights, the E-tron Sportback concept features
new lighting technology made up of about 250 LEDs surrounding the Singleframe
grille and below the daytime running lights that “literally make their mark on
the road ahead”, according to Audi.
The company says the lights, combined with a micro-mirror-studded surface and
complex control technology makes for several light signatures and options for
creating graphics or communicative signs when stationary or moving.
Bulging wheel arches house massive 23-inch wheels and highlight the Quattro
all-wheel-drive architecture, while tiny cameras replace the exterior mirrors
on the concept.
Inside, Audi has used large touch-sensitive screens below the huge central
display, as well as in the door trims and the front passenger side of the dash,
reducing the number of buttons.
The drivetrain mimics that of the E-tron Quattro concept, and it uses the same
configuration that will be adopted on future production electric Audis – it
includes one electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear powering all
Overall power for the system is 320kW – lifting to 370kW in boost mode –
ensuring a 0-100km/h dash time of a sportscar-like 4.5 seconds, which is 0.1s
quicker than the E-Tron Quattro concept.
The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery battery is located under the passenger
compartment between the axles, which Audi says ensures a lower centre of
gravity and a balanced axle load distribution of 52:48 front/rear.
The 95kWh battery ensures a driving range in excess of 500km, according to
Audi, and it can be recharged by the Combined Charging System with dual
connections for AC and DC.