While we’ve already seen the E-Tron Sportback back in Auto Shanghai, Audi re-introduces it at Frankfurt with an actual name. Being the brains behind its newfound autonomy, Elaine is behind the sophisticated system that allows the E-Tron Sportback to pilot itself in various conditions.
In a nutshell, Elaine is the result of Audi taking the Traffic Jam Pilot System from their flagship A8 and refining it further for the E-Tron Sportback. They have now installed a Highway Pilot that allows the vehicle to steer, change lanes, and make its own inputs on the motorway. This doesn’t mean you’ll be at the mercy of Elaine though, as it is seamless enough to allow you to take control of the wheel whenever you please.
Powered by one electric motor in front and two at the back, the E-Tron Sportback claims power numbers at around 430PS or up to 495PS with its Boost Mode activated. Zero to 100km/h is achieved at around 4.5 seconds. Range per charge is claimed to be around 500 km based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Elaine won’t likely make it to production, but the E-Tron Sportback is slated for production in Brussels by 2019 and will still likely see some changes before it finally hits production.