Audi E-Tron Sportback With 310-Mile Range* Is Production-Bound In 2019

7 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 25

Audi E-Tron Sportback

“With a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) and the special electric driving experience, we will make this sporty SUV the must-have product of the next decade.”

Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept Has Hundreds Of LEDs

Previews production model due in 2019.

At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi introduced the E-Tron Quattro to signal its electric crossover agenda. That concept will morph into a production model in 2018 and it will be followed a year later by this, the “coupe” version.

The E-Tron Sportback debuting today at Auto Shanghai is yet another crossover-coupe mashup from VAG and it shares the spotlight at the show in China with two other electric concepts featuring a similar body style: the VW I.D. Crozz and the Skoda Vision E.

Audi E-Tron Sportback

As hinted by Audi in the numerous teasers released in recent days, the new concept with the four-ring logo is packed with light-emitting diodes. Besides having full-LED headlights and taillights, the E-Tron Sportback has approximately 250 extra LEDs on the front bumper to the left and right of the corporate singleframe grille. These form different lighting patterns as a way to communicate with the other cars on the road. The Audi logo is illuminated by LEDs as well.

The 4.9-meter-long, 1.98-meter-wide, and 1.53-meter tall concept is not all about the LEDs, though. At its heart is a beefy electric powertrain developing 320 kilowatts (430 horsepower) or up to 370 kW (496 hp) once the boost mode is activated. It’s enough EV punch to enable the E-Tron Sportback run to 62 mph (100 kph) in a swift four and a half seconds.

Audi E-Tron Sportback

If you care more about range rather than outright performance, the latest crossover-coupe concept from Audi has a large 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack with enough juice for more than 310 miles (500 kilometers) in the rather optimistic New European Driving Cycle – NEDC  (think 225-250 miles in the real world).

Typical concept cues include the large alloy wheels (a 23-inch set in this case), side cameras, and a minimalistic interior cabin with an all-digital instrument cluster and a generous touchscreen for the infotainment system. Sitting below it is yet another touchscreen for controlling heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), while positioned above the glove box is a fourth thin and wide screen showing details about the weather, time, and multimedia info.

Audi E-Tron Sportback

Audi hasn’t said a word about where it will put together the production model, but it might share the assembly line with the non-coupe version already confirmed to hit the assembly line at the firm’s factory in Brussels, Belgium.

Gallery (below): Audi e-tron Sportback, Full Audi press release at bottom

Press blast below:

Audi e-tron Sportback concept: second electric Audi in production from 2019

Design study and technology demonstrator, electric car and power pack in the guise of a coupé: A versatile concept car makes its world debut in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai as the Audi e‑tron Sportback concept. The brand with the four rings presents the study of a four-door Gran Turismo with a powerful 320 kW electric drive at the Auto Shanghai 2017 this spring. The formal idiom of the coupé with Lux Silver paint finish combines classic Audi elements with an array of trendsetting details: an electrifying architecture, tailored consistently to the technology and the package of the electric drive.

The Audi e-tron Sportback represents an important milepost for Audi along the road to electric mobility. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, confirmed: “Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018 – the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use. With a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) and the special electric driving experience, we will make this sporty SUV the must-have product of the next decade. Following close on its heels, in 2019, comes the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback – an emotional coupé version that is thrillingly identifiable as an electric car at the very first glance.”

In its consciously light-colored interior the Audi e-tron Sportback concept offers a blend of functional clarity and reductive controls as a formal principle. Expansive touch-sensitive screens below the central display, on the center console and in the door trims supply information and interact with the on-board systems. Horizontal surfaces on the dashboard and the seemingly floating center console convey a sense of open perspectives for the occupants of the four individual seats.

The concept car’s lighting technology is an innovation that is visible by both day and night. Digitally controlled Matrix LED units at the front and rear produce an excellent light yield. Minuscule Digital Matrix projectors literally make their mark on the road ahead, turning light into a versatile, dynamic channel of communication with the surroundings.

For its drive, the e-tron Sportback uses a configuration that will also be adopted in future production Audi models with all-electric drive: One electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear power all four wheels, transforming the high-performance coupé into a quattro in typical Audi style.
320 kilowatts of power – which can even reach 370 kW in the boost mode – provide a fitting level of propulsion, with the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) a done deal in just 4.5 seconds. With the battery’s energy content of 95 kilowatt-hours, its range is in excess of 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) (NEDC).

Dr. Dietmar Voggenreiter, Member of the Board of Management for Marketing and Sales at AUDI AG, understands the special significance of electric mobility for the market in China: “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. That applies as much to the infrastructure and financial support as it does to sales. 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 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) such as the Audi e-tron Sportback.”

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25 responses to "Audi E-Tron Sportback With 310-Mile Range* Is Production-Bound In 2019"

  1. Four Electrics says:

    That’s a stunning car. I’ll take one.

    That said, Tesla manages to include a spacious frunk, which is apparently beyond the capability of any other manufacturer. Why don’t others follow? New Euro pedestrian safety requirements?

    1. DonC says:

      Jaguar has a frunk in the I-Pace which is due out next year. However, IMO having a frunk represents a design failure not a feature.

      You have a frunk because you’re trying to make your BEV look like a conventional ICE vehicle. To get the ICE look you have to extend the front. Normally the extended front area would be needed for the engine but, since you don’t have an engine, the extra area isn’t necessary. It’s just an extra area without a purpose, so it ends up as a fairly useless frunk.

      1. Four Electrics says:

        I use the frunk for groceries. It works surprisingly well.

        All modern parking spaces, garages etc. are designed for a certain shape of car. Unless you’re parking on the street, a shorter car than that just wastes space and compromises crumple zones, in my view.

      2. Mark.ca says:

        Actually they advertise it as a crumble zone, a buffer in case of frontal impact.

        1. DonC says:

          Meh. What do you expect them to say? “When we knocked off Aston Martin and Jaguar we needed to make the front end longer to have the same geometry”. I don’t think so.

          1. DJ says:

            Maybe you feel ok driving around in an original VW Bus or a BMW Isetta but I sure as heck don’t. I like having a bit of crumple in front of me.

            1. DJ says:

              Not to mention where do you want the wheels to go?

          2. James says:

            iPace is a two row crossover with very
            little space behind the rear seat for
            storage.

            The “frunk” in the iPace is size-reduced
            due to aesthetics. The aesthetics are to keep a big faux grille to appease the ICE masses and give the iPace Jaguar brand identity. Not exactly worth it in my opinion. Especially since the Tesla has developed it’s own brand identity and in the recent refresh, is “training” future car buyers that a car doesn’t need a grille to identify it’s “face”. EVs don’t need
            grilles. Instead they use the shape of the
            frontal area to maximize range and efficiency.

            Jaguar tried to recoup the aerodynamics the lose with the fake grille by cutting the hood in half and placing a huge air outlet or “scoop” in it. This effectively makes any frunk very small and practically useless.

            I think the iPace represents yet another attempt by a high-margin ICE-maker to meet Euro low and no emission zone mandates while building a form factor that is designed NOT to sell to the masses.

            GM has shown how effective this is. Volt is a fantastic achievement in a form factor that cannot excel because of the back seat.

            Many wonder out loud why GM isn’t making a crossover and midsized sedan that has electric capabilities of Volt and Bolt EV.

            Duh. They want to keep making the high margins of the gas guzzlers.

            Pesky EV compliance machines only cut into the parts and service goldmine that is ICE production.

            iPace is a poser. It’s not a good car, let alone a good crossover.

  2. Kdawg says:

    Looks nice, but I think they should have put a bench seat in the back. Those are much more user friendly, especially w/flat-floor EVs.

    1. Mark.ca says:

      Lots of things get changed in concert cars until they hit the market.

      1. Kdawg says:

        True. It is just a concept at this point.

  3. Jason says:

    I’m curious if this does a better job cooling the inverter and motors because components are less compact than Tesla’s design. So maybe you can drive spirited for longer before limp mode is enabled. Maybe that’s why other manufacturers haven’t pushed for the frunk.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      Why are you looking for “a better job cooling”, when Tesla over-heating is pretty much limited to race tracks and sustained periods over 100mph?

      1. PHEV111 says:

        Because in Germany being able to drive long periods of time over 100 mph is something expected from a luxury car.

  4. Mark.ca says:

    I like it! Too bad this is probably another $100k car that only a few will buy…

  5. VazzedUp says:

    Interesting why InsideEVs thinks range will be 225-250 from an 95kWh battery when we know that the Bolt gets 238 from 60kWh? Being a more slippery design and with the benefit of dual motors, range should be as advertised 300+, basic math gets you 375.
    Nice looking car, and AWD should make it a winner for current CUV/SUV buyers.

    1. Benedictus says:

      The Ampera-e, the Bolt in Europe, has an NEDC rating of 500 km. That car has 238 miles of realistic EPA range.

      Because of the similar stated NEDC range in this concept, one could expect a similar EPA range.

      Battery size is not the only factor in range. Consumption of energy can be very different in different vehicles.

    2. GreenMD says:

      Its the same thing with the Jaguar I Pace – 90kW battery estimated at “220+ miles” for a small/mid size crossover. The Tesla X is a big, heavy vehicle but seemingly much more efficient. The 90D is estimated at 257 miles and 100D at 295. And its not all about drag coefficient since that has marginal effect on city driving. I’m hoping Audi and Jaguar are taking a cue from the Bolt playbook and underestimating mileage until the actual product gets its EPA rating.

  6. Sean says:

    I have suggestion to for the site: Similar to how you have a running total every month for US EV sales, I think a great feature would be a running list of all announcements made and future plans.

    It could be chronological or done by automaker (my preference).

    For example, you have a heading of Audi, followed by a quick rundown of the e-Tron due in 2018 and any dates associated with it. Then this new car due for production in 2019, and maybe links to articles to expand on it.

    Next, you have Tesla, with the Model 3 due in July, followed by the pick up announcement due in September.

    Then Nissan with the Leaf unveiling in September and so on.

    I feel as though this would give a fantastic outlook of the EV market and give us EV enthusiasts a much better feel for what is coming down the road.

  7. One says:

    Has Audi said the range is Nedc or are you just guessing? Seems strange, model x, old design, heavy, big, gets 295 miles out of a 100 kWh bat. Are you really sure this future car will only get 220 miles?

  8. bogdan says:

    The series production Model X is better already than this computer rendered AUDI.
    If they want to make fools out of themselves, then they should through it on the market.
    Higher price, lower performance, SC Network will follow sometime in the future….

    They are still trying to copy Tesla.

    1. One says:

      Do you know this concept’s price or also guessing?

      1. bogdan says:

        Concepts are priceless. I’m talking about the production version. U have no idea of automotive business, do u?

  9. One says:

    And why do Americans confuse performance with a, admittedly, very quick start? Can’t you people drive?