Following the release of teaser images ahead of its debut at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the Audi e-tron Sportback concept is said to see production reality in 2019 as an electric fastback model that will be part of the German automaker’s EV strategy for 2020.
“Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use. 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,” said Rupert Stadler, chairman of Audi.
Audi claims that the e-tron Sportback concept has a range of over 500 km, with a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion 95 kWh battery feeding one electric motor for the front axle and two motors on the rear axle, producing a total output of 320 kW (435 hp), or 370 kW (503 hp) in boost mode. the e-tron Sportback concept does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds, according to Audi.
The three-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain layout will be adopted in all of its future production EVs, the company says. the lithium-ion battery is located between the front and rear axles, beneath the passenger compartment for a low centre of gravity, while contributing to the near-ideal weight distribution of 52:48 front and rear.
The e-tron Sportback concept casts an imposing shadow, measuring 4.90 metres long with a 2.93 metre wheelbase, 1.98 metres wide, and 1.53 metres tall, which is comparable to the Audi A7, according to the Ingolstadt manufacturer. 23-inch wheels provide rolling stock for the e-tron Sportback concept.
The e-tron Sportback’s exterior plays host to a considerable population of LEDs – around 250 of those on the front of the car alone, according to Audi. Together with micromirror-studded surfaces and surface control technology, a wide range of animated movements and light signature are possible, Audi says.
There hasn’t been confirmation of where the e-tron Sportback will eventually be manufactured, though it could share an assembly line with the production e-tron quattro in Belgium.