Preview: Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept

Preview: Audi E-Tron Quattro Concept

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.

IgnitionLIVE Reporter

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.The front display, which is curved upward, offers some gesture controls and visualizes the climate control system. The two rear passengers in the Audi e-tron quattro concept have their own OLED displays.The operating and display concept is deeply integrated into the plastic, driver-oriented architecture of the cockpit. Because the electric drive has no propshaft, the center console seems to float.The Audi e-tron quattro concept marks the world premiere of Matrix laser OLED technology at the front of a vehicle and epitomizes “Vorsprung durch Technik” in the field of automotive lighting.The cabin of the Audi e-tron quattro concept tapers strongly toward the rear end, approaching the idealized shape of an aerodynamically optimized droplet.