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.
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.
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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