Jose Altoveros / Audi | September 19, 2018 09:45
Audi's first ever all-electric model debuts – the e-tron
After numerous teaser photos and spy shots, Audi has finally pulled the covers off the 2019 e-tron. The production model SUV comes three years after the e-tron quattro concept was first introduced back in 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Furthermore, the e-tron is the first all-electric model produced by Audi, and is the first of many e-tron models yet to come.
Styling wise, the e-tron remains relatively faithful to the original concept from 2015 with most of the design cues having been carried over. In fact, it looks the part with the rest of Audi's Q crossover lineup. Up front, there is Audi's signature Singleframe grill which also acts as a shutter, being opened or closed when additional cooling is needed. The grill is then flanked by a pair of sleek headlights. Right below it are side air intakes which help channel air to cool the batteries and electric motors.
From the side, one can see the continuous shoulder line which runs from the headlights all the way to the rear. Those with keen eyes would notice that it has small side mirrors, often seen in concept vehicles. Don't be fooled though, because the e-tron uses cameras that are linked to OLED displays inside the cabin instead of the traditional mirrors. At the back, there's the wraparound taillight with an LED bar linking the two. A wing spoiler, 20-inch wheels, and black body cladding complete the e-tron's exterior.
Inside, the cabin look similar than that of Audi's current model lineup. There's the virtual cockpit coupled with two touchscreens located in the center console to control the infotainment system and replace the traditional knobs and buttons. There's also an e-tron badging on the dashboard to distinguish it from other models
With regard to perfromance figures, Audi did not disclose the exact numbers and only said that it will be disclosed at a later date. However, the German automaker did mention that it will do 0-97 km/h in 5.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h thanks to two 'asynchronous' electric motors at the front and rear. The motors are then powered by a 95 kWh battery. The e-tron is engineered to use both AC and DC charging with a fast charging capability.
Deliveries of the Audi e-tron begins will begin mid-2019 in the U.S. Reservations for Audi's first ever pure EV are already open.