The conceptual basis for a completely new all-electric Audi SUV with a potential range of more than 310 miles is set to be revealed at next month’s Frankfurt motor show.
Audi engineers say the e-tron quattro concept has benefited from the expertise gained in the development of the forthcoming electrically driven R8 e-tron, and the roadgoing model which it will help to spawn will be notable as the brand’s first large-series electric car when it enters production in 2018.
Designed from the ground up as an electric car, the vehicle follows the Audi “Aerosthetics” concept, which the designers say combines “technical measures for reducing aerodynamic drag with creative design solutions”. In real-world terms, this means movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear to improve the air flow around the car. The underbody, meanwhile, is completely closed. With a cd value of 0.25, Audi claims the car sets a new record in the SUV segment.
The design study is based on Audi’s second-generation modular longitudinal platform, while its length is between that of the Q5 and the Q7. The interior is said to offer room for four people.
Underneath, the large lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. “This installation position provides for a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution, giving the car better driving dynamics and driving safety than other vehicles in the segment,” explain the engineers.
The battery powers three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear – to effectively create an ‘electrified quattro’.