Look out Jaguar F-Pace and Tesla Model X. Audi’s new all-electric vehicle, the E-tron Sportback, is coming for you.
The automaker unveiled its second EV this week at the Shanghai motor show. (If you’re wondering why it debuted in China, Audi says it’s because China is the largest EV market in the world.)
Dubbed a concept, the crossover is already slated to go into production in 2019. It will share a powertrain with the E-tron Quattro, which is Audi’s first all-electric offering due out next year. On trend, the E-tron Sportback is a four-door coupe-styled crossover designed to look every inch an Audi. Size-wise, it slots between the Q5 and Q7 and sits a bit lower and wider. It also features a ginormous glass panoramic sunroof.
The concept features cameras instead of the usual side mirrors and we don’t expect those to make it the production model since they aren’t exactly legal, yet. The huge 23-inch tires are probably iffy, too.
Also, as Audi is prone to do, the coming addition to the EV lineup plays around with even newer lighting technology. You can tell that immediately by looking at the front end. The multi-tier front lighting system does a bunch of cool things like shine patterns, graphics and characters on the road.
Inside you can forget buttons and knobs. Instead, high-resolution touchscreens seem to be everywhere, including one behind the steering wheel and two in the center console. Oh and we can’t forget the two touchscreens for passengers in back that are built into the door handles.
In terms of range, Audi touts more than 300 miles on a full charge. It will sport a 0 to 60 time of 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 131 mph.
The Audi e-tron Sportback is scheduled to go into production in 2019.