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Audi e-tron SUV concept

Audi are to reveal the first glimpse of their latest concept car, an all-electric SUV at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show. The Audi e-tron quattro concept will be the manufacturer's first large series electric car and a production ready model has been scheduled for 2018.

The idea behind the Audi e-tron quattro concept came from the development of the forthcoming R8 e-tron model which is due for release in 2016. The drive system draws inspiration from the R8 e-tron and uses three electric motors, one on the front axle and two on the rear, to create an 'electrified quattro' that is very efficient and responsive. The new electric SUV will have a range of around 300 miles and a cd value of just 0.25, a new record in the SUV segment.

The Audi e-tron quattro concept is designed from the ground up as an electric car and proves to be pioneering in its segment at the very first glance. Movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the air flow around the car, the aerodynamically optimised underbody is completely closed.

The length of the concept car is between that of a Q5 and Q7. The SUV body and coupe style cabin give it a dynamic appearance while the spacious interior offers room for up to four people.

The lithium battery which powers the vehicle is placed between the axles and below the passenger compartment, which provides a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution, giving the car excellent driving dynamics and driving safety.

The Frankfurst Motor Show takes place at the Messe Frankfurt from the 17th to the 27th September.