Audi stole some of the show in Frankfurt Tuesday when it unveiled its much-talked about E-Tron Quattro electric SUV concept and we must say, it’s a looker. Yes, it’s a concept, but all signs point to a production version since Monday, after weeks of speculation, Audi confirmed it will release a luxury electric crossover in 2018.
“Audi will present an all-electric, luxury-class sport SUV in early 2018. The Audi e-tron quattro concept provides a concrete foretaste of this,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development. “It combines driving pleasure with great range, an expressive design and excellent comfort.”
Timing is significantly behind Tesla’s Model X, one of the models Audi plans to compete against. Model X deliveries begin this month.
The E-Tron SUV “coupe-like” concept has a 310-mile range and can launch you from 0 to 62.1 miles an hour in 4.6 seconds. With three electric motors, Audi says it’s drawing on the engineering expertise from the R8 E-Tron sports car. A full charge takes 50 minutes and it even comes with a solar roof.
It’s shorter than the Q7, but longer than the Q7. The SUV also features OLED lighting, and a cooling system that with louvers integrated into the hood. It’ll even comes equipped with the technology for piloted driving.
From the company’s press release:
At Audi, the mobility of the future is sporty, charged with emotion and highly efficient the Audi e‑tron quattro concept technology concept car offers an outlook on the brand’s first large-scale production electric car that will arrive on the market in 2018. It is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, which offers considerable degrees of freedom in configuring the drive system and package. The design of the sporty SUV is based in large part on aerodynamic requirements – with a Cd figure of 0.25, the car sets the benchmark in the SUV segment. The electric drive – with three electric motors that output up to 370 kW – follows the e-tron quattro concept.
Meanwhile, Monday Porsche debuted an EV four-door sedan, the Mission E. It, too, can go 310 miles on a single charge and be recharged up to 80% capacity in 15 minutes. It beats the Audi E-Tron SUV concept in the speed department and can hit 62.1 mph in less than 3.5 seconds.
Porsche’s production model is expected within five years.