Audi is giving the world a taste of their foray into the full-electric vehicle ambit. You are looking at the E-Tron Quattro concept – and it is the basis for a model that will see production in 2018.
It will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. According to Audi, the SUV was designed from the ground up solely as an electric car. It has a low drag coefficient (0.25) thanks to measures like a completely closed underbody and “movable” aerodynamic elements at the front and sides. They claim it will have a total range of 500 kilometres on a full charge.
The German manufacturer says it is positioned between the Q5 and Q7 in terms of length and that the interior offers space for four. The car’s lithium-ion battery is placed below the passenger compartment, for a low centre of gravity and optimal weight distribution – which Audi hopes will result in impressive driving dynamics.
They have incorporated experience gleaned from the Audi R8 E-Tron. So it uses three electric motors, one on the front axle and two on the rear, creating a sort of “electrified Quattro” system. More details will be revealed at its global reveal.