This is Audi’s four-door Gran Turismo Audi e-tron Sportback concept, the brand’s only debut at Auto Shanghai 2017. With an output of 320 kW of all-electric power, the e-tron Sportback is capable of reaching 500 kilometers on a single charge.
Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, confirmed: “Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use. With a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) 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 coupé version that is thrillingly identifiable as an electric car at the very first glance.”
This Audi e-tron Sportback study provides us with a clear image of what Audi’s first all-electric production model will look like. Bright OLED lights, a light and sharp design and an interior that is oriented at the driver and passengers more than ever.
The 320 kW electric motor configuration is as follows: one motor at the front axle, and two motors mounted at the rear axle of the vehicle powering all four wheels. Underpinned by a 95 kWh battery, the electric crossover should be able to 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds in ‘boost mode’, where it extracts as much as 370 kW from the large battery pack.
2018 more and more seems to become the year in which we can expect electric mobility to stir up the automotive industry even more. Not just Audi will be bringing out its first all-electric model, but also Jaguar will debut its I-PACE and the Tesla Model 3 is expected to hit the market in six-figure quantities.