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Audi e-tron teased under the veil ahead of 18 September reveal

September 14, 2018, 10:24 AM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
Audi e-tron teased under the veil ahead of 18 September reveal

-    Audi has been developing the e-tron as their first pure electric vehicle.

-    Will rival the recently revealed Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQC and upcoming BMW iNEXT.

Much has been said about Audi’s first electric vehicle after their decision of electrification push. The first all-electric vehicle to roll out of Ingolstadt will be the e-tron crossover which will break cover next on 18 September at a special event, ´The Charge´, in San Francisco. The German carmaker has already shown the e-tron albeit, wrapped in a patterned camouflage. The new teaser shows it under a veil, ready to be revealed to the world.

Appearance wise, the e-tron looks like yet another member of Audi’s Q family. The proportions and styling are unmistakably that of an Audi with massive grille up front and Q3-like headlights. The rear takes inspiration from the new flagship, the Q8, with a raked D-pillar and LED panel of taillights running across the tailgate. One new feature is the mirrors, which are sleek camera units instead of conventional ORVMs. Audi claims that the E-Tron prototype has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.28, which is the lowest for any SUV till date.

The highlight of the interior is that there are no less than five screens inside the cabin. There is the new OLED screen for the infotainment system stacked in the centre, the Virtual Cockpit all-digital screen is the second and then there is a touchscreen which is mounted lower on the centre console for the climate control settings. Apart from these, the two A-pillar mounted screens project the camera images and act as a virtual ORVM.

Audi also revealed the technical details of the E-Tron. There are two electric motors with a combined output of 265kW (365bhp) and 561Nm and the electric SUV can accelerate from a standstill to the limited top speed of 200kmph several times consecutively without loss of power. Then there is a boost mode as well, which produces 300kW (400bhp) and 664Nm. The Audi e-tron prototype can sprint from 0 to 100 kmph in less than six seconds. The most interesting figure is the 400 kilometres of electric range from its 95kWh battery pack (under the new WLTP cycle). And the e-tron can also recuperate energy on braking. 

The E-Tron is amongst the new breed of electric SUVs coming our way and will go up against the Tesla Model X, Jaguar iPace, recently revealed Mercedes-Benz EQC and other upcoming similar products like BMW iNEXT, Skoda Vision E and Hyundai Nexo.

Tags:Audi,SUV,quattro,Audi Q3,Q3,EV,e-tron,electric crossover
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