The newest Audi concept car made its world debut at the Audi Shanghai 2017 showcasing a four-door Gran Turismo with a powerful 320 kW electric drive. The Audi e-tron Sportback is an important milestone in Audi's journey towards electric mobility. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, said: "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.”
Inside the concept car featured a light-coloured interior with expansive touch screens below the central display, on the center console and in the door trims which supply information and communicate with the onboard systems. Horizontal surfaces on the dashboard and centre console help to convey a sense of open perspectives for those sitting in the four individual seats.
The concept ca is 4.9 metres long, 1,98 metres wide and 1.53 metres high with a wheelbase of 2.93 metres, which puts this car in the C segment close to the Audi A7.
The innovative light technology includes digitally controlled Matrix LED units at the front and rear and miniscule Digital Matrix projectors which make their mark on the road ahead, turning light into a dynamic channel of communication with the vehicles surroundings.
Small cameras replace the exterior mirrors which offer more than improved air flow and reduced wind noise. These cameras virtually eliminate the blind spot of physical exterior mirrors as well as the obstruction to the diagonal forward view. The camera images are shown on separate displays in the doors.
For drive, one electric motor sits on the front axle and two on the rear giving power to all four wheels, transforming this high performance coupé into a quattro. This configuration will also be used in future Audi production models with all-electric drive. A fitting level of propulsion is provided by 320kW of power, which can reach up to 370kW in boost mode. This means the Audi e-tron Sportback can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h (62.1mph) in 4.5 seconds. The concept also boasts a range in excess of 500 kilometres (310.7 miles).
Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG, understands the special significance of electric mobility for the market in China: “We have made a conscious decision to give the Audi e-tron Sportback its first showing here in Shanghai, because China is the world’s leading market for electric automobiles. That applies as much to the infrastructure and financial support as it does to sales. There are already about 150,000 charging stations in the country, with another 100,000 due to come on stream by the end of 2017. We are well equipped for this rapid growth. In the next five years we will be offering five e-tron models in China, including purely battery-powered vehicles with ranges well in excess of 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) such as the Audi e-tron Sportback.”
The Audi e-tron Sportback is due to enter production in 2019.