Audi previews e-Tron Quattro concept ahead of Frankfurt show

Audi previews e-Tron Quattro concept ahead of Frankfurt show image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Audi | posted August 20, 2015 13:58

e-Tron Quattro to debut in Frankfurt Motor Show

German luxury carmaker Audi has released more details on the all-electric e-Tron Quattro concept. The Concept will serve as a preview for the company's upcoming crossover, the Q6.

Instead of releasing conventional engines for the Q6, it will initially be available as an all-electric e-Tron Quattro model. In concept form, the all-new crossover features a bold front end with Audi's trademark grill and slim-line headlights. On the side, the e-Tron Quattro has a high door sill which is complemented by a sloping roofline to complete the coupe-like profile. Instead of side mirrors, it comes with a rear-view camera mounted on the fenders. Lastly, the concept car features thicker body cladding running the bottom of the car.

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At the back, the e-Tron Quattro Concept features Audi's signature tail light design and a small rear windshield. It also comes with a rear spoiler and a diffuser for aerodynamics.

Inside, the concept car seats four and is loaded with OLED screens for the rear passengers. Audi also angled the center console towards the driver and comes with buttonless panels. All buttons and knobs have been replaced by a touch interface.

Audi claims the car offers best-in-class aerodynamics, posting a drag coefficiency of just 0.25. For the production model, the Q6 will be based on Volkswagen Group's MLB platform that is currently being used on the Q5 and Q7.

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The e-Tron Quattro concept is powered by three electric motors and two Lithium-ion tucked between the front and rear wheels. These battery packs have been made in cooperation with Korean electronic companies LG and Samsung. Audi claims the e-Tron Quattro can travel up over 500 kilometers on a single charge. As the name suggests, the e-Tron Quattro will be all wheel drive. 

While the concept will be fully revealed in next month's Frankfurt Motors Show, the production Q6 is still around three years away with 2018 as its target launch date.