Despite dieselgate taking its toll on Audi, the German luxury automaker is proceeding ahead with their plans to introduce their first ever production electric vehicle, and it's an SUV.
Audi booked the Royal Danish Playhouse theater for a special preview: the Audi e-tron SUV. Now while the automaker still hasn't held the world premiere of their upcoming EV (the example they had on display was still camouflaged), they released the first images of the interior of the vehicle, showcasing how the cabin will still yield a familiar experience for their customers.
The design of the cabin is a more futuristic interpretation of Audi's signature interior design. Typical German luxury and quality can be seen with the premium leather, soft touch panels and dark brushed aluminum accents, but there are some unique details like the stitching; it was meant to resemble printed circuit boards.
The dashboard is dominated by a variety of digital displays from the Audi virtual cockpit (gauges), and the OLED displays on the center of the dash, among others. All in all, the e-tron's interior has 5 screens.
Unique to the e-tron is the availability of a virtual exterior mirror option that will eliminate the need for actual mirrors; it uses video cameras with a field of view that can be adjusted. The virtual mirrors, Audi says, also has multiple modes depending on where you're driving: highway driving, for turning and for parking.
The five seater Audi e-tron will also feature a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 16 speakers and up to 705 watts of power. It shouldn't need too much audio wattage; electric vehicles are very silent after all, and Audi has put in some special soundproofing measures for a quiet drive.
The Audi e-tron is expected to debut at the end of August 2018.