Audi E-Tron Electric SUV Interior Revealed

JUL 4 2018 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 23

The virtual mirrors look spiffy, but in how many countries will these be legal?

You could say Audi has been teasing the E-Tron since September 2015 when the namesake concept debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, nearly three years later, the production version is still a no-show, but at least today we’re finally able to have a look inside the cabin of the road-going model. Bear in mind Audi refers to this vehicle as a prototype, but expect the production version to be virtually the same and feature air suspension as standard.

And speaking of “virtually,” gone are the conventional side mirrors since these have been replaced by cameras for what Audi describes as being virtual mirrors. Those were initially shown at the end of May, but now we get to see the other important component of the equipment – the small screens mounted on the top-right corner of the door panel.

It will probably take a little bit of time getting used to the seven-inch OLED screens positioned right below the windows, but these will bring some advantages over conventional mirrors. The driver will be able to zoom in and out, as well as select from one of the three pre-programmed settings that will adjust the virtual mirrors for parking, turning, and for highway driving. It goes without saying blind spot functionality has been incorporated in these digital displays.

The OLED pair has increased the number of screens to five if we include the fully digital instrument cluster, the infotainment system, and the touchscreen mounted lower on the center console for the climate control settings as seen in high-end Audis like the A8, Q8, A7, and A6.

At the heart of the Audi E-Tron will be a pair of electric motors providing a combined output of 355 horsepower (265 kilowatts) for a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in less than 6 seconds and a top speed of about 200 kph (124 mph). Using the automatic transmission selector to enable Sport mode will offer a temporary maximum power of 402 hp (300 kW).

The Belgium-built electric crossover will rely on a 95-kWh battery with enough juice for approximately 400 km (248.5 miles) in the WLTP cycle, which will be possible partly thanks to the E-Tron’s aerodynamic body with a drag coefficient of just 0.28. The low Cd number was achieved by replacing the bulky mirrors with the tiny cameras, thus making the vehicle narrower by 15 centimeters (5.9 inches). These virtual mirrors will be offered as optional equipment, but won’t be legal all over the world. However, Audi mentions it’s in talks with the right people to make them legal globally.

Getting back to the batteries, using a 150-kW high-voltage charger will “fill up” the pack in just 30 minutes while with a 400-volt three-phase outlet it will take approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes.

The interior cabin will provide a generous amount of space for five occupants thanks to a long wheelbase stretching at 2,928 millimeters (9.6 feet). Being an EV, it means there’s no center tunnel, so rear passengers get to enjoy more legroom compared to a conventionally powered vehicle. On the entertainment front, there will be an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system with 16 loudspeakers and an amplifier pumping out 705 watts of power.

As a final note, the E-Tron was supposed to debut on August 30 in Brussels, but company CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested, forcing Audi to postpone the official premiere. It’s not known at this point when the Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQ C rival will be revealed, but the event is expected to take place in the United States later this year. Market launch won’t be affected by this setback, so customer deliveries are still on track for early 2019. A sleeker E-Tron Sportback will arrive before the end of the decade and will also be built in Brussels, with a stylish E-Tron GT to be launched later and produced in Germany.

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Press blast below:

Chill out: Audi e-tron prototype alone on the big stage

  • Premium-class comfort: elegant interior design and lots of room
  • Digitalization in a new form: optional virtual exterior mirrors
  • Setting the tone: electric drive for first-class acoustics and superb sound experience

Driver and passengers experience their surroundings in a whole new dimension in the Audi e-tron prototype. In addition to its generous space and the stylishly reduced design, Audi’s first electric car offers a high level of calm and, in turn, the perfect stage for the Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System. The full-size SUV also provides a new digital operating and display experience. It is the first volume-production car with virtual exterior mirrors.

 

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249 miles of WLTP range for 95 kWh battery pack is abysmal. The 150 kW charging can’t really make up for the terrible efficiency. On EPA cycle, this vehicle is somewhere around 215-220 miles of range. It is over 400 Wh/mile.

Yep. It’s not a lot. i-Pace does 480 km, about 300 miles in WLTP cycle.

And I agree. I like i-Pace. I wanted to compare how the Jaguar performs more range with similar battery capacity in the same homologation cycle.

WLTP is the new more accurate European test cycle, it will match up better with the EPA test cycle.

Lets wait for the final numbers, I would guess Audi is slow playing a bit… .28 Cd I think it will be fine…

WLTP might favor city driving, where vehicle weight has more influence than aerodynamics.

In real world testing, the Etron might do better since we spend most of our time on the highway, where aerodynamics are more important than weight.

If the range is correct, this is poor for their 1st BEV. But it seems inline with the Jag and the Bolt.

This is from https://electricrevs.com/2018/04/21/audi-e-tron-vs-jaguar-i-pace-battery-pack-comparison/

“Using that energy, the e-tron has a WLTP estimate of 249 miles. WLTP is the new European test cycle that replaces the less realistic NEDC which Audi previous used to estimate an e-tron range of about 310 miles. Jaguar says the I-PACE has a WLTP of 298 miles but has only an estimated EPA range of near 240 miles. The Chevrolet Bolt EV has a WLTP range of 236 miles and an EPA range of 238. Jaguar’s 298 mile WLTP estimate seems oddly high.”

I-Pace 298 WLTP is no estimate, its already been certified… EPA testing is happening this month.

Just as I expected, the interior looks like that of a Q5. Still, I would like to see one of these sitting in my driveway someday.

I think it looks great… Very well detailed and elegant.

Interior looks great, and so Audi… This is more grandpa (traditional) elegant then I-Pace, but both of them much nicer then other EV’s

Another Euro point of view

A bit old world design but I guess Audi customers do like that, in my view best interior would be a compromise between a Tesla and a Audi interior but having Audi to manufacture it rather than in a Tesla tent.

Agreed with the first part of your comment.

It looks good definitely very high quality, but I like the Jaguar I-Pace’s a lot more it’s sporty, elegant, and quite a bit cleaner looking then the e-tron’s. Nice to see a stop/start button to, it’s one thing I wish my Tesla had, it should help prevent vampire drain because it won’t be sitting there on stand by waiting to turn on the second a door is opened.

Yes, this looks already outdated from Audi. Come up with something new already. Don’t know why manufacturers are sticking with the small central display, Tesla got it right with their oversized one.

I disagree, Tesla screen is hard to use while driving… S & X I mean, Model 3 is easier due to screen location but has its share of other UI problems…

There are two touch screens in the Audi, and no Tesla didn’t get it right, that’s their design choice. Personally I find it has so much room you can end up missing the thing you intended to press, and hit dead space, or the wrong item. It also requires you to take your eyes off the road for far too long either looking for the one spot you’d like to hit, or sorting through submenus, or the Controls menu. Speaking of out dated why the heck does the latest Tesla update turn Google maps black and white…..

I like both the Audi, and Jaguar interior, and UI much better then any Tesla.

@Mark.ca and those round wheels, how outdated! Make them oval already!

Form follows function is something for sissies! I want my things to be complicated and weird.

Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System, thats awesome… We have their speakers in our theater, sounds incredibly detailed.

Cmon guys, this interior is outdated compared to I-pace? This is Audi’s newest interior design, recently introduced in the newest a8. Look at the YouTube videos. It is really superb. In contrast to this, the jags infotainment system is a couple of years behind. It is more or less the same than the f paces. Maybe a bit nicer.

And I have to admit that I am truly not an Audi fan, nor do I like the low placed screens and the climate control split.

I-Pace has a more sporty, young style interior and UI, Audi is really nice, but more a grandpa Elegant then young and hip/sporty. On the infotainment , I-Pace shares nothing with the F-Pace, but is similar to the Range Rover Velar. There is a reason I-Pace won both Auto Express awards “Best Premium EV” and “Car of the Year” Last night…