Audi has unveiled the e-tron Sportback concept at the Shanghai motor show, with the design study confirmed for production in 2019.
An exterior length of 4.90 metres, a width of 1.98 metres and a height of 1.53 metres with a wheelbase of 2.93 metres position the all-electric concept car in the C-segment, close to the road-going Audi A7.
Sitting on 23-inch wheels, the four-door model mixes a coupé-style body with that of an SUV, with the front end displaying the familiar octagonal ‘Singleframe’ with an overtly wide, horizontal cut – the greatly reduced amount of air required by the electric motor means the large opening has been omitted.
For its drive, the e‑tron Sportback uses a configuration that will also be adopted in future production Audi models with all-electric drive, namely, one electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear powering all four wheels.
Generating 429 bhp – which can reach 496 bhp in ‘boost mode’ – means a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.5 seconds. With the battery’s energy content of 95 kilowatt-hours, its range is also claimed to be in excess of 310 miles.
As previously on the e‑tron quattro concept, the e‑tron Sportback’s liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles below the passenger compartment, which provides for a low centre of gravity and an axle load distribution of 52:48 (front/rear), resulting in “outstanding” driving dynamics and driving safety compared with other vehicles in the segment, according to Audi.
“We have made a conscious decision to give the Audi e‑tron Sportback its first showing here in Shanghai, because China is the world’s leading market for electric automobiles,” says Audi marketing boss, Dietmar Voggenreiter. “There are already about 150,000 charging stations in the country, with another 100,000 due to come on stream by the end of 2017. We are well equipped for this rapid growth. In the next five years we will be offering five e‑tron models in China, including purely battery-powered vehicles with ranges well in excess of 310 miles such as the Audi e‑tron Sportback.”