Audi Reconfirms e-tron Sportback For Launch In 2019, Announces Brussels Factory As Production Site
A production site has been selected, making the Audi e-tron Sportback officially official.
Audi had previously confirmed the e-tron Sportback for production in 2019, but now we’ve learned where it will be built.
Turns out our guess of Brussels was spot on. From the press release:
“Production of the Audi e-tron Sportback to start at the Brussels plant in 2019.”
The e-tron Sportback boasts the following known specs:
- 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack
- Range of 310 miles (500 kilometers) in the rather optimistic New European Driving Cycle – NEDC (think 225-250 miles in the real world).
- Electric powertrain developing 320 kilowatts (430 horsepower) or up to 370 kW (496 hp) once the boost mode is activated
- 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a swift four and a half seconds.
- 4.9 meters long, 1.98 meters wide and 1.53 meters tall
Pricing is unknown at this time, but we expect the e-tron Sportback to be on the pricey side.
Press blast below:
Second electric car for Audi’s production network
Production of the Audi e-tron Sportback to start at the Brussels plant in 2019
Audi is expanding its model portfolio with a new e-tron-model. Production of the Audi e-tron Sportback will start at Audi Brussels (Belgium) in 2019. That Audi plant will therefore be responsible for producing a second fully electric model. The Audi e-tron electric SUV will drive off the assembly line there as of 2018.
In addition to the Audi e-tron, the brand is integrating a second, completely new electric car into its existing production network – the Audi e-tron Sportback – and is thus enhancing its competitiveness in this important future segment. “With the decision on the Audi e-tron Sportback, we are showing that Audi takes the issue of electric mobility seriously. A second battery-electric model will lead to optimal capacity utilization at our plant in Brussels,” stated Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management for Production and Logistics at AUDI AG.
The basis for the new e-automobile is the Audi e-tron Sportback concept design study, which the company unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2017. This versatile concept car is a four-door gran turismo with 320-kilowatt electric drive. The coupe’s design language combines Audi elements with groundbreaking details. The technology and package of the electric drive are tailored to fit the car’s architecture.