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Audi officially announces e-tron SUV concept for Frankfurt reveal

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Audi describes the design of the e-tron quattro concept as having a flat, coupe-like cabin and "aerosthetics"
Audi describes the design of the e-tron quattro concept as having a flat, coupe-like cabin and "aerosthetics"
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Audi e-tron quattro concept sketch
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The four-seat interior has a strong digital focus
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The four-seat interior has a strong digital focus
Audi describes the design of the e-tron quattro concept as having a flat, coupe-like cabin and "aerosthetics"
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Audi describes the design of the e-tron quattro concept as having a flat, coupe-like cabin and "aerosthetics"

An all-electric Audi SUV concept has long been expected for debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. This week, Audi confirmed that those expectations will be met, providing some initial details about the new e-tron quattro concept. The concept previews a production model scheduled for a 2018 launch and emphasizes that "electric driving at Audi is a pleasure, not a compromise."

Audi says that the e-tron quattro concept was designed as an electric vehicle from the ground up. It is based on the second-gen MLB architecture and carries its lithium-ion battery below the passenger compartment and between the axles, creating improved driving dynamics from a low center of gravity and balanced axle load distribution.

We don't know the battery's exact capacity, but we do know it's built up from LG and Samsung cells and provides a range of around 310 miles (500 km). That battery powers two rear axle-mounted motors and one front axle motor.

Audi hasn't called the model the Q6 outright, but it does say that the model is sized between the Q5 and Q7 in overall length. The concept wears an "aerosthetic" design with a closed underbody and front, side and rear active aero components keeping its drag coefficient down to 0.25.

The four-seat interior has a strong digital focus
The four-seat interior has a strong digital focus

We only have a couple of rough sketches to work with, but we see that the e-tron quattro has compact dimensions and, as expected, takes some cues from the Prologue concepts that led up to it. The influence can be seen in the large hexagonal grille, sculpted lower flanks, oversized wheels and lightly flared arches. The multi-screen driver's cockpit in the four-seat interior is also inspired by the Prologues.

We'll have to wait until the Frankfurt show to learn more, including whether or not the car features OLED taillights. Audi plans to launch the production electric SUV, its first large-series electric car, in 2018.

Source: Audi

3 comments
Derek Howe
I hope it looks like the rendering, that thing it awesome looking. It sounds like a direct competitor to the Tesla Model X...except Audi decided to make their electric CUV actually look good.
swaan
It's coming out 3 years after Model X - it has the potential to offer something new by then. The biggest downside will probably be lack of charging infrastrucuture - Tesla will have Europe covered by the end of 2016 and Teslas chargers are way more powerful than current CCS and ChaDeMo. The Audi will no doubt be also more expensive and luxurious.
SJC
@Derek Howe - it will not look as pictured and have a drag coefficient of 0.25. Remember the first pictures of the chevy volt? Looked nothing like the chevy volt on the roads today. The charge network is key for any company, Tesla is king for quick charging for now but that can change very quickly. New battery technology that allows for quick charging could disrupt Tesla's grip on long distance electric travel. I would hope that Elon knows this and is keeping a close eye on new battery tech.