Audi E-Tron Prototypes Show Up In Geneva


And now, 250 prototypes will set out for a combined 3.1 million miles of testing.

It’s no secret that Audi is working hard on an all-electric SUV, and now the Geneva Motor Show is our chance to see it – or at least prototypes wearing funky digital-camo graphics. These Audi E-Tron prototypes are, nonetheless, our best look yet at Audi’s future EV.

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While the basic shape is similar to what we’ve seen in spy photos already, both on public roads and even at the Nürburgring. It’s a stylish crossover, with Audi’s familiar polygonal grille shape, squinty headlights, and full-width LED taillight strips all in view. Specifically, the orange-and-black trim around the lower part of these prototypes highlights where the battery pack resides, with the color hinting at the colors used to highlight high-voltage cabling.

We’re still waiting on solid numbers in terms of range or battery performance for the Audi E-Tron, but the automaker does say that the crossover can recharge at a high-speed charger in just 30 minutes, and that it will have all-wheel drive – as is expected of anything with the four-ring logo. The company also says that the “comfortable, spacious interior” will make it ideal “for everyday use,” which would seem like a given for any Audi model.

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Reports suggest a driving range of 500 kilometers/311 miles, with two electric motors – one at the front, one at the back – to provide AWD. So far, Audi has said only that the driving range will be, “suitable for longer journeys.”

Audi now plans to send 250 prototypes on a round-the-world testing regimen that will cover 3.1 million miles on four continents, in temperature extremes from -4 degrees to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s exactly the sort of test regime one would expect for any new vehicle, of course.

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Although the car shown in Geneva is only a prototype, Audi plans to put the E-Tron on sale in Europe by the end of this year. And by 2020, it will be joined by a production version of the rakish E-Tron Sportback concept, as well as “a model in the compact segment.” The E-Tron electric cars will be built at an Audi plant in Brussels, Belgium.

When the Audi E-Tron hits the market, it will compete with the Tesla Model X, as well as the newly announced Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover. Jag’s EV, for its part, will start at $70,495 in the U.S. and is expected to offer a 240-mile driving range.

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19 Comments on "Audi E-Tron Prototypes Show Up In Geneva"

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They’re camouflaged, so even Geneva’s guests can’t find them.

:/ …. Well it all just seems like that the paint is suffering from some sort of Texture Bug. Especially the orange sills.

Who is this impressing for btw?

250 sounds more like pre-production than prototype. I wonder if those side mirror cameras will make it into production.

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Some pics show the cmera’s and the others show an actual mirror.

For legal reasons there must be a mirror option for some countries.

By Teslas standards that would already be production numbers. These here still need to be properly evaluated so they need to accumulate road and rig time in order to iron out the kinks for a production start later this year.

I can see that reject is our newest username serial anti-Tesla troll to pop up here on multiple threads at InsideEvs.

I wonder which existing shill, shorter or hater username he used to be before he re-registered?

BTW, the “”familiar Audi polygonal grill” should really say “the aero destroying Audi polygonal grill”.

After the I Pace gets poor efficiency from a 90KWH battery you would think that Audi would be smart and design something with good Aero so as to enhance range.

Agree with @eject — these would have been sold to employees already, if this were Tesla.

Glad this looks like an Audi SUV and not some kind of freakish egg-shaped bubble car.

Vapourware vapourware I tell you. It’s all a lie, there are no prototypes, there is no Geneva. There is no Switzerland. This is all a conspiracy

Agree! Only Elon is the one who can tell what is coming soon.

Only Tesla haters know better.

You beat me to it! Sometimes commenters on this site make it seem like car companies shouldn’t tell you anything about their EV plans until they’re ready for mass production.

“That’s exactly the sort of test regime one would expect for any new vehicle, of course.”

Is that a dig against Telsa?

Are you crazy? On insideevs?

The Jag, and this Audi will not compete with Model X. At least only a minor overlap. They are smaller, and cheaper.
I know for sure the Audi is expected to be produced in volumes.
It’s not like a family with 5 kids will look at a car with 3 seats for kids, and think: hey, that is a good looking car. I can just drive two trips. Easy..

I think model Y, is the model they will compete with – when that comes for sale in 2020-2021?
They usually start to take pre orders a long time in adgangen, to pay for the development and tooling costs.
Model 3 has probably slowed the release of the Model Y. They were designed to share battery design and fabrication right?

Any family that has 5 kids likely doesn’t care about EVs whatsoever, or if they do then the irony is lost on them.

Their choice to have 5 kids will damage the earth more than any other thing they will likely ever do… Unless I suppose they go and drill for oil and if they find a huge deposit set it on fire. That I suppose could be worse.

Must be an American thing. Don’t know all that many families with 5 kids and most of the ones I do know, I found out about on television but ever since this I-pace v X thing came up, all of the sudden, it appears as if every other family has its own indoors football team.

So everyone who buys a model X has 5 kids you mean?

Just another pathetic grille.