Audi isn’t even the first mainstream automaker to deliver an all-electric car even although it will be far from the last, provided that everyone is breaking their axles in a bid to jump on the electrification bandwagon ASAP. However, Audi is marking an in house milestone today with the official reveal of its first true series manufacturing EV–that the 2019 Audi E-Tron crossover. And it definitely won’t be the last one of these, either, SUV, and otherwise.
Audi needed to be certain that the 2019 E-Tron was unmistakable as equally an Audi and an SUV, and at first glanceit appears to be an oversized Audi Q5 from an alternate future. Additionally, it bears a strong resemblance to an E-tron of yesteryear, namely that the E-Tron Quattro SUV concept that first appeared in the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show–one of many electrified Audi theories (and yet another production plug-in hybridvehicle, the A3 Sportback E-Tron) to put on an E-Tron badge.
The E-Tron includes a lower and wider stance than the Q5, with a backlight clearly motivated by the Q8. The battery pack’s underfloor placement is emphasized through a special treatment on its own profile, and details like taillamps and the head are like the idea, with signature cues meant to indicate battery life meters. Interestingly, European-spec E-Trons may have cameras with monitors located between dashboard and door. Sadly, U.S. models might have to contend with conventional mirrors since the cameras do not have regulatory acceptance (yet).
Based on the MLB platform element place that also underpins other new Audi models, it retains a standard “two-box” SUV contour as well as a variant of Audi’s signature, octagonal single frame grille–although for your E-Tron it’s closed as a way to enhance aerodynamics. Inside, the E-Tron is immediately recognizable as a contemporary Audi. It employs the most recent version of Audi’s Virtual Cockpit as well as that the dual-screen Multimedia Interface (MMI) as noticed in Audi’s latest vehicles.
Size-wise, the E-Tron matches almost perfectly involving the Q5 and Q7, and it’s about 5-inches briefer and slightly narrower than a Telsa Model X. Audi has aimed the E-Tron in the heart of the mid-size luxury SUV market, with seating for five and a solid 28.5 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seats (57.0 cu-ft together down).
The E-Tron’s drive system–that Audi will naturally call Quattro–uses two electric motors, a powering each axle, using the rear motor doing most of the function when power demands are low. Audi hasn’t published any power numbers as of yet, however, it states that the E-Tron will transfer from 0-60 mph in 5.5 minutes onto a top speed of 124 mph, and that its incorporated cooling system allows for perennial full-power acceleration runs without the degradation of outputsignal An optional towing package will allow the E-Tron to haul up to 4,000 lb.
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