Full details have been revealed for the 2019 Audi e-tron SUV, the first fully electric powered model from the German brand will face serious competition from the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC, BMW iX3 and Jaguar I-Pace.
Proportions of the new e-tron are generous with the tail end of the measuring tape stopping at 4907mm in length, 1935mm in width and 1616mm in height with a 2928mm wheelbase. The luggage capacity can accommodate 660 litres.
It’s all about the power though and for the e-tron, two electric motors, powered by a 95kW battery pack, will silently drive the vehicle. The system offers outputs of up to 300kW and 664Nm. Reports suggest the 0 to 100km/h dash can take as little as 5.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200km/h.
An electric quattro all-wheel drive system is also in place which distributes drive between the two axles, however, the system has a rear bias for increased efficiency. Seven drive profiles are also available to suit a variety of driving scenarios.
Driving range has been tested to cover more than 400 kilometres on a single charge on the WLTP test cycle. Energy can also be recovered through coasting recuperation when the driver releases the accelerator as well as braking recuperation when the brake pedal is depressed.
For the first time in an electric-powered production model, the e-tron will feature a new electrohydraulic integrated brake control system. The system decides, based on the driving situation whether the electric motor, wheel brake or a combination of the two are used for energy recuperation on each axle.
Charging of the e-tron can occur via direct current (DC) at up to 150kW or alternating current (AC) at up to 11kW (recharging with 22kW is also an available option). A standard household outlet or a 400-volt three-phase outlet can charge the car at home.
Style-wise the Audi e-tron will feature an octagonal-design Singleframe grille with vertical struts which will be largely enclosed and presented in platinum grey, identifying it as a fully electric model. Four horizontal struts at the lower edge of the Matrix LED headlights are also an e-tron-specific signature.
Production has commenced at the new carbon-friendly plant in Brussels and the first e-tron deliveries will commence in Europe before the end of the year with the first Australian deliveries expected by mid-2019. Fully local specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the Australian launch.
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