Following a camouflaged unveiling earlier in the year, the covers have come off the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback.
Audi will offer two versions: the Sportback 50 quattro and Sportback 55 quattro.
To the details, the Sportback 50 quattro is equipped with a 71kWh battery pack that powers two electric motors (one on each axle) to produce 230kW and 540Nm. According to the WLTP cycle, a driving range of up to 347km is possible. Its onboard charging capacity is 120kW. It can sprint from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190km/h.
The range-topping Sportback 55 quattro gets a larger 95kWh battery that operates at 396V which allows for a 150kW onboard charging capacity. Audi says the battery can be recharged to 80 per cent in 30 minutes when using a fast charger. With a full charge, a driving range of up to 446km is possible.
The Sportback 55 quattro packs 265kW of power and 561Nm of torque. From a standstill, it can hit triple figures in 6.6 seconds running to a top speed of 200km/h.
By using the boost mode which is activated by shifting from drive range D to S and fully depressing the accelerator pedal outputs are raised to 300kW and 664Nm for eight seconds enabling the SUV to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.
Audi says the car can attain up to 30 per cent of its range through energy recuperation. When braking from 100km/h, the e-tron Sportback can recuperate a maximum of 300Nm and 220kW.
The second body style in the e-tron production line measures in at 4901mm long, 1935mm wide, 1616mm high with a 2928mm wheelbase. Luggage capacity ranges from 615 litres up to 1655 litres with the rear seats flat.
Stylistically, the roof extends flat over the body before dropping down steeply to the rear. It’s also easily identifiable as an electric vehicle with its largely enclosed Singleframe grille and vertical struts in light platinum grey.
Other features of the exterior include matrix LED headlights, black inlays, broad diffuser at the rear instead of tailpipes and a light strip which connects the LED lights to one another.
In total thirteen paint finishes are available including a new Plasma Blue metallic which is exclusive to the e-tron Sportback. Other colour customisation includes applying the same high-voltage signal colour orange which is found on the charging flap to the brake callipers.
On the inside, standard kit includes a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit and two touchscreens measuring 12.1- and 8.6-inchs which house the infotainment system and climate controls.
Audi’s full suite of pre sense safety systems will also be fitted as standard. The system compiles data from five radar sensors, five cameras, and twelve ultrasonic sensors.
The Audi e-tron Sportback is expected in Australia during the third quarter of next year with pricing and local specifications to be announced closer to launch. Stay tuned!
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