New E-Tron Sportback Concept Is Like Audi’s Electric Lambo Urus

Following a few official teasers released in the past few weeks, Audi have finally pulled the covers off the new E-Tron Sportback Concept.

On display at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, the study may be referred to as a ‘Sportback’, which is the brand’s way of naming its hatchbacks, but with its crossover-ish shape and sloping roofline, the E-Tron Sportback concept doesn’t exactly resemble any of the company’s current cars.

At 4.90 meters (16.1 ft) long, 1.98 meters (6.5 ft) wide, and 1.53 meters (5.0 ft) tall, and with a wheelbase of 2.93 meters (9.6 ft), the new electric Audi concept falls in the same segment as the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe.

Its front end is dominated by the slender headlights with LED technology, illuminated four-ring logo that sits in the middle of a grille-like shaped part with a black contour and a sporty apron. The muscular lines continue on the lower part of the doors and on the rear bumper, whereas the taillights are joined together by a light strip.

Small cameras replace the conventional door mirrors, and besides the technology advantage, Audi says that these also improve the air flow and reduce the wind noise that is projected in the cabin at high speed. Extended wheel arches, the lack of door handles and the massive 23-inch wheels with a 6-spoke design, complete its imposing exterior.

The strictly four-seat cabin has a modern layout, with edgy lines, a 3-spoke steering wheel with an illuminated logo and a generously sized infotainment screen incorporated into the middle of the dashboard, and more touch-sensitive screens sitting right beneath it.

Powering the car company’s latest study are three electric motors, one mounted on the front axle and two on the rear, which work together to send 429 HP to all four corners, or up to 496 HP with the boost mode engaged.

This recipe, which will be adopted in future production electric Audi models, allows the E-Tron Sportback to accelerate from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds.

Positioned between the two axles, below the passenger compartment, is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, featuring 95kWh of capacity, which allows the concept to travel for more than 500 km (311 miles), according to NEDC estimates.

Audi’s all-new E-Tron Sportback won’t remain a concept for long, as the automaker will put it into production in 2019.

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  • I’mCallingYouOut

    I’ve said it before, but seriously, AMC/Eagle was ahead of the times. This is a really great study for Audi. That back end is just.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13987fd784c674e93bdad99b7208d0de8c482a322ade2b66a908bbae5ad703e3.jpg

  • haudit

    Recognisably an Audi from every angle, but it’s moved their styling language out of the doldrums it’s been languishing in for the past decade.

  • Toss

    Let’s say Hi! to next new Lambo Urus.

    Untill then…how to sit in the same segment as long as it has the smallest heigh?
    1731mm GLE Coupe
    1702mm X6

    1530MM E-Tron….

    It’s not a throne, it’s a chair.

    • Bob

      It’s also a concept.

  • Mill0048

    Great proportions. Looks like it splits the difference between Crossover and Car nicely.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    SEXY!!!

    PURE SEX!!!

  • MultiKdizzle

    Looking good!

  • Carenthusiast

    Looks like a raised Bentley Continental esp with the side profile, glasshouse, rear haunch etc. It’s the same family so you never know Bentley might come up with a similar concept! Overall, I like it.

  • jjaayyzz

    Is that all you can do Audi. After years of BSting with dirty diesels, now you come up with this.

  • Lovely. Finally Audi went out of its very strict and boring comfort zone – even though this concept looks like a “cross-overized” A7, the result is impressive 🙂

  • KidRed

    I like it, but I think I like VW ID Crozz version better.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I would have liked this rear treatment to be on the A7

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