The e-tron quattro concept, shown in an Audi sketch, previews the brand’s first mainstream EV model.
The conceptual basis for a completely new all-electric Audi SUV with a potential range of more than 310 miles will be one of the stars of the IAA in Frankfurt next month. Its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7. According to the people at Audi, the body has been aerodynamically optimized and as a result the drag coefficient stands at just 0.25 which is a best-in-segment figure.
However, more is expected to be known when the Audi e-tron quattro concept makes its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which starts from 17th September this year.
Power comes courtesy of a large lithium-ion battery positioned between the axles below the passenger compartment, which lowers its centre of gravity to improve handling and drivability.
Sources involved in the development of the e-tron Quattro confirm that it shares elements of its electric powertrain, including its motor and battery technology, with the latest evolution of the R8 e-tron. And that makes it an electrified quattro, the e-tron quattro -efficient and dynamic at the same time.
Two of these motors are located on the rear-axle, while the third sits on the front in a system Audi is calling e-tron quattro.
The front display, which is curved upward, offers some gesture controls and visualizes the climate control system.
To provide what Audi engineers describe as a Range Rover-rivalling ride quality, the C-BEV will use the same underpinnings as the new Q7, although it remains to be seen whether it will receive conventional steel springs or an air spring set-up.