Audi E-tron Quattro Concept Officially Breaks Cover

After multiple teasers, the Audi e-tron quattro concept finally gets unveiled.

Sporting an all-electric e-tron quattro drive with up to 370 kW and an extremely low drag coefficient of 0.25, the car is Audi’s statement on the future of electric mobility.

“Audi will present an all-electric, luxury-class sport SUV in early 2018. The Audi e tron quattro concept provides a concrete foretaste of this. It combines driving pleasure with great range, an expressive design and excellent comfort”, says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Audi Board of Management for Technical Development.

Using the power of three electric motors – one driving the front axle, while the other two driving the rear axle – the concept manages to achieve a total output of 320 kW and, while in boosting mode, over 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque. That’s enough grunt to propel the automobile and its SUV-esque proportions from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.6 seconds, all the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph).

The three-electric motor layout is a first for Audi. An intelligent drive management system controls the interplays between the motors, as appropriate for the situation. In other words, Audi just took the quattro all-wheel-drive system to a whole new level, although the focus is on the greatest possible efficiency. During sporty driving, the Torque Control Manager actively distributes the power between the rear wheels as necessary, whilst providing for maximum dynamics and stability.

The e-tron quattro has the large lithium-ion battery – which feeds the motors – integrated into the floor of the passenger compartment, thus offering a balanced axle load distribution and low center of gravity. The battery’s capacity of 95 kWh enables a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles).

The Combined Charging System (CCS) allows charging with AC or DC electrical current. In the case of the latter, a full charge at a 150kW charging column takes only 50 minutes. Moreover, the concept comes equipped with Audi Wireless Charging technology for contact-less induction charging.

Design-wise, the study borrows some style cues from the formidable Quattro model, especially at the front. Being 4.88 meters (16.0 ft) long, 1.93 meters (6.3 ft) wide and just 1.54 meters (5.1 ft) high, the automobile isn’t as big as its proportions make it seem at first glance.

Still, its body was extensively aerodynamically optimized in order to achieve a record-braking 0.25 drag coefficient at the SUV category. Moreover, the e-tron quattro concept features electrically actuated aerodynamic elements on the hood, the flanks and at the rear end that direct the flow of the air around the car as needed in order to improve drag at speeds over 80 km/h (49.7 mph)

The main lightning modules at the front of the concept use Matrix laser technology, while the bottom section houses a new, distinctive lightning signature comprising five lightning elements. Each of the elements combine an LED luminary with an extremely flat OLED element. The rear lights also sport nine OLED units.

Being the foundation of a future model, the concept previews a spacious, comfortable interior for four persons and a 615 liter luggage space in the boot. Naturally, the whole cabin is bedizen with OLED technology, including a further development of Audi’s virtual cockpit that debuted in production vehicles in 2014.

The need of buttons has been eradicated with the help of two OLED displays on the center console, used for configuring the climate control and freely programmable information functions. The curved displays in the front section of the doors serve as digital exterior mirrors.

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