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Shanghai 2017: Audi e-tron Sportback previews EV crossover

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AutoIndustriya.com / Audi | April 20, 2017 09:11

Audi's second electric vehicle to begin production in 2019

Following the unveiling of Audi's e-tron Quattro concept back in 2015, Audi has now unveiled their second fully electric automobile, the e-tron Sportback, with production being set in 2019. The Sportback is considered as the evolution to the “coupe” version from the previous Audi e-tron Quattro electric crossover, which will have a production model ready by 2018.

Shanghai 2017: Audi e-tron Sportback heads into production

“Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use. 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,” said Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG.

Shanghai 2017: Audi e-tron Sportback heads into production

Now fully unveiled, the concept features a load of light-emitting diodes found throughout the concept car. Aside from the full LED headlights and tailights, there are around 250 LEDs found on the sides of the front bumper surrounding the single-frame grill. The purpose of the LEDs are to form different lighting patterns, allowing the e-tron Quattro to communicate with other cars on the road. Even the Audi four-rings logo are illuminated by LEDs as well.

Like most concept cars, the e-tron Quattro features a minimalist styling with large 23-inch wheels, side cameras and simplistic, all-digital interior with multiple touchscreens to display or change multimedia/air conditioning.

Shanghai 2017: Audi e-tron Sportback heads into production

Powering the e-tron Quattro is a fully electric powertrain which produces 430 horsepower, or 496 horsepower when boost mode is activated. Despite the powerful performance figure, Audi says that the concept will have a range of 500 kilometers courtesy of a large 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Audi has not said a word regarding where the production model will be built, but it might share the same assembly line as the non-coupe version, that is already confirmed for 2018, at Audi's factory in Brussels, Belgium.