The new Audi e-tron Sportback Concept has been launched on the Shanghai Auto Show in China, and it looks great; painted in matte gray with a strong aggressive stance, wide shoulders, big wheels, and massive grille. The e-tron Sportback previews a sporty electric SUV coupe that will hit the market in 2019.
The production version will bebased on Volkswagen’s new dedicated-electric MEB platform, just like the Skoda Vision E that debuted yesterday. In China, it will be manufactured at the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture up north in the cold city of Changchun.
Specs (concept): 435 horses with a boost function for 504hp. Torque is 800nm. All this power is good for a 0-100 in 4.5 seconds and a 500 kilometer range. Battery pack is 95kWh. It might look compact but it is not a small car: 4900/1980/1530, and wheelbase is 2930.
The interior with the usual array of distracting screens. It looks pretty much production ready except for the center tunnel section.
Audi was perhaps trying a tad too hard to design a special steering wheel…
Many drivers like to have their aircon controls outside the main touch screen. Many automakers comply by continuing to fit ‘old fashioned’ separate knobs. Audi goes another way. They too fit separate controls, but on… another touch screen. That it seems is not a very bright idea.
Spoiler on top the rear window. Light unit over the whole width of the vehicle. It stands rather high on its feet for the crossy SUV looks.
The front is the weakest point of the car, that grille is too large, too square, and too empty. Audi logo lights up. A bigger logo and bigger lights would help a lot.
e-tron badge on the low end of the bumper.
The new Audi e-tron Sportback concept in Shanghai.
Since CarNewsChina continue to ignore the difference between NEDC and EPA range, I will inform that the range of this car is based on NEDC which is very optimistic, and at least 20% more than EPA.
See my previous comment: https://www.carnewschina.com/2017/04/19/nextev-nio-es8-is-a-surprisingly-normal-electric-suv/comment-page-1/#comment-463163