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Audi E-Tron Quattro EV Spotted Testing Again; To Get Driver Assist System
Aug 17, 2017
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The Audi e-Tron Quattro will be the first fully electric SUV from the Ingolstadt-based carmaker
Audi e-Tron Quattro test mule gets some production ready parts
Audi e-Tron Quattro will go into production next year
Audi e-Tron Quattro electric coupe-SUV is slated to make its global premier in 2018, which is when the company will also begin the production of the EV.
Not so long ago we shared with you a set of spy images of the upcoming Audi e-Tron Quattro electric coupe-SUV. Slated to be introduced in 2018, recently some new spy shots of the much-awaited EV from the Ingolstadt-based carmaker have surfaced online and this time with some new features. While the car is still draped in heavy camouflage, we can see that new e-Tron Quattro is almost production ready. The recent prototype model comes with a new black sphere like sensor fitted on the grille, which is most likely for the driver assistant system or a camera for 360-degree parking assist. This means the Audi e-Tron Quattro will get some kind of autonomous tech.
Compared to the previously seen Audi e-Tron Quattro, the latest test mule appears to have received some styling updates and some finishing touches to the design. The LED headlamps and the front bumper look production ready and so do the plastic cladding on the wheel arches and the side skirts. The e-Tron Quattro also comes with a coupe-like sloping roofline with roof rails and a rear spoiler as well. The alloys also appear to be temporary and the production version is likely to get sportier ones a bit in line with the ones seen in the concept version.
The Audi e-Tron Quattro is likely to come with three electric motors - two at the rear and one in the front assisted by a powerful 95-kilowatt battery developed by LG Chem and Samsung SDI. The combined power of the motors will be up to 430 bhp that might also come with a boost function which will temporarily increase the power output to 496 bhp. The electric SUV is expected to offer a range of 500 km on a full charge and it will be capable of doing a 0-100 kmph sprint in about 4.6 seconds. Anyhow, these technical specifications and features can only be confirmed once the car is officially introduced, possibly at the 2018 LA Auto Show or the Geneva Motor Show.
Audi is likely to commence the production of the e-Tron electric coupe-SUV from early 2018 at the company's Brussels plant in Belgium from 2018.
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Spyshots: Audi e-tron quattro Electric SUV Looks Too Sexy Not to Get an ICE
16 Aug 2017 Vlad Mitrache
Audi e-tron quattro electric SUV
After years of being the symbol of recycling the same designs and scaling them to fit each segment, Audi is back on the offensive and, even though the trend has not disappeared completely, the team in charge with the aesthetics in Ingolstadt is at last showing signs of life.
Audi is currently testing several new models out on the streets, with the Q8 flagship SUV probably being the most important of them, but let's not dismiss the brand's electric efforts as it tries to put the whole Dieselgate scandal behind it.
The German company is expected to drop two new EVs over the following months, its first such models developed from the ground up to make use of an electric powertrain. They both carry the e-tron name, of course, but one of them will receive the Sportback monicker, while the other will be called 'quattro.'
The latter of the two is the one showing up in this photos, revealing a body shape that's just too sexy for Audi to use strictly with for an alternative propulsion system. The e-tron quattro looks miles better than the larger Q8 - if anything, it resembles Audi's version of the Porsche Macan. With some minor modifications (like the grille, for example), it would make the perfect Q6, if you ask us - most definitely with an RSQ6 version as well.
The Audi e-tron quattro should be announced sometime during next year, meaning it will likely enter the market as a 2019 model year. The company's next plans for its e-tron range include the smaller Sportback coupe crossover, as well as a rumored sedan to fight it out with Tesla's Model 3, even though it looks like the American EV will have a significant headstart.
They say Audi's electric SUV is going to have a maximum range of 500 kilometers (310 miles) according to the NEDC standard, which means it won't bring any breakthrough in the battery technology. However, Audi needs to move fast as Mercedes-Benz has a similar model planned for its EQ sub-brand around the same time, so it's not just Tesla's Model Y it needs to worry about.
The spy shots show us a compact-sized SUV with plenty of ground clearance and also a squat stance that's more promising for a dynamic handling than off-road abilities. Of course, until they build charging stations in the forests and on top of mountains, off-roading in an electric vehicle remains something completely fictional.
Speaking of charging stations, Audi should make the e-tron quattro capable of draining power from the high-output outlets planned to start spreading over the whole of Europe, meaning it could recharge its battery completely (or at least 80%) in no more than twenty minutes under ideal conditions.
Considering everything we've seen and heard so far, if Audi manages to keep the e-tron quattro's price at a relatively moderate level (for an EV, of course), we don't see any reason why the Ingolstadt electric SUV won't be a success, provided there is an ample number of charging sites as well. Which, unlike Tesla, is not something the German company controls itself.
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