All-Electric Audi E-Tron Crossover Debuts Ahead of 2019 U.S. Launch

Audi E-Tron Debut

Make way for Audi’s first-ever all-electric crossover. The automaker unveiled its upcoming five-passenger 2019 Audi e-tron in the San Francisco Bay Area this week. (Likely no coincidence the big debut took place in the same region as the Tesla factory.)

Audi unveiled the new SUV at an old Ford plant with a throng of drones flying overhead. They formed the Audi four-rings emblem in the skies above. You can check out the highlights in the video below.

2019 Audi e-tron

The e-tron joins a number of luxury all-electric vehicles like the Jaguar iPace and Mercedes-Benz EQC that are gearing up to take on Tesla.

It arrives in the U.S. in the spring of 2019 with two trims: the base Premium Plus starts at around $75,000, the Prestige trim at around $82,000. One of 999 First Edition models can be had for $86,700.

Pre-order books are open and you can reserve one for a refundable $1000 down payment. People who place orders can track their vehicle from manufacturing to final delivery.

Audi E-Tron Debut

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No U.S. specific range specs yet, but Audi says its 95-kWh battery is good for “well over 400 kilometers”  (248 miles) of estimated range on a full charge based on European testing. Audi is also teaming up with Amazon to offer home charging installations.

The e-tron’s two electric motors will take it from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 124 mph. It will come standard with all-wheel drive. But no official horsepower or torque numbers until closer to the U.S. launch. We do know it can tow up to 4,000 lbs when equipped with a tow package.

Audi E-Tron debut

Credit: Audi

The e-tron will be built in Brussels. It’s also slated to be the first of three battery-electric vehicles that Audi plans to debut by 2020. Audi says it expects nearly 1 in 3 of its U.S. customers to go electric by 2025.

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  1. Sewell L. Keeter 4 weeks ago

    Audi’s GUESS that 1/3 of its U.S. car sales will be electric by 2025 defies logic at almost every level. 2025 is only six model years away and Audi won’t have an electric model available for delivery in the U.S. until 2019. First half 2017 electric vehicle sales in the U.S. were just under 2% of total new car sales (1.74% cleantechnica.com) and the forecast is electric vehicle sales as a percent of total new car sales will remain under 20% for the next decade. The driving force for increased electric vehicle sales will likely be the introduction of new models and all the major auto manufacturers plan to introduce new electric models in the near future. Audi will have many competitors thus the only realistic way for Audi to hit its goal is to force its dealers to showcase the electrics at the expense of its gas versions–a strategy likely to decrease its overall U.S. sales.

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