Audi Shows 2020 E-Tron Crossover’s Cabin That Gets Door Screens

As the world premiere of the Audi E-Tron nears, the German manufacturer has released the first images and details of the electric crossover’s interior.

Unveiled at the Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen, the interior of the Audi E-Tron prototype looks exceptionally futuristic and will pave the way for Audi interiors moving forward.

One area of the E-Tron’s cabin which immediately catches the eye is the angular dashboard which incorporates slim air vents, black trimming, and accent lighting.

What you may also notice are two small screens found in the corners of the doors. These screens display the images captured by the rear-facing cameras which sit in place of traditional wing mirrors. These “virtual exterior mirrors” will be optional on the production version of the E-Tron.

 

These mirrors will be a world-first on a production car

Elsewhere, the crossover features Audi’s industry-leading virtual cockpit in place of traditional gauges while the center console is made up of two large touchscreens that control all vehicle functions. The Audi E-Tron also makes use of an intriguing center console that gives off the impression that the gear lever is floating.

Customers will have a selection of interior options at their disposal depending on which equipment line they choose. Common among all trim levels will be stitching on the seats that create a motif resembling electric circuit boards. Options will include orange contrast stitching and piping, a contour/ambient lighting package and a selection of upholstery materials, colors, and inlays.

Despite the vehicle’s sleek shape and low roofline, Audi says it offers “top-class” headroom and knee room for the full-size SUV market.

Last but not least, the Audi E-Tron will be offered with a Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 16 speakers and a 705-watt amplifier.

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  • Will_95LV

    Pretty sure US spec model won’t even have the Camera side mirrors as a option… we always get gipped because of bullshit government regulations.

  • Bananarama

    Why wouldn’t the camera feeds just display within the speedo on the side? Having the screens on the outer edges of the cabin is nearly the same as having mirrors (you’re still looking over across the car to the right side screen).

    This is just adding complexity for the sake of complexity and charging more $$$

    • дапвт

      Regulations.

    • carmatt

      Because generations of drivers are used to look where the mirrors are. It’s called intuition.

      Moreover I am not sure whether the new system is really more expensive to build/replace than the old – how much are two screens and cams nowadays? Compare that to electrically adjustible, heatable, foldable mirrors with painted cabs and included indicators…

      • Bananarama

        Really? You honestly think two cameras and two screens are of similar cost to mirrors with some tiny tilting motors, heating coils (which the camera also still needs to defrost), and LEDs?

        Screens alone are not easy or inexpensive to replace/repair. The custom shape here will only add to that.

        • carmatt

          At least it’s in the same region. Bear in mind that fully-digital speedometers (aka. sceens only) are less expensive for the manufacturer than traditional speedos with a little additional screen (i.e. in the middle). Its just the customer who is charged more.
          The replacement cost for ONE hightech-mirror is about 500 $.
          Assuming a 100% profit, it would in the 200-250 $ region to build. Seeing smartphones for about 50 $ in the stores, I assume a ‘middle-class’ screen to be much cheaper than that.
          On the other hand you are complete right with the custom shape here! And if only half of the maybe 50.000 customers per year opt for the mirrorless version, economies of scale will be limited. But Audi sells about 2 million cars per year in total, so a lot of potential…

    • Sébastien

      It’s only about aerodynamics, will save noise and energy

    • fathornyblackandjoe

      Although cost and serviceability are important factors to consider, usability and safety are of utmost concern to consumers (and, in theory, regulators), and/so it’s weird, to me, that they would put the screens where they did.

  • Six_Tymes

    My first thought is, I do not think the door screen design is a good idea. Because, looking slightly downward, while keeping your eyes looking a bit more inside the vehicle, you will reduce your outside Peripheral vision. BUT, i’d be willing to try this new design, maybe it will work fine. Here comes new reasons for accidents, then again, if companies do perfect autonomous, this point will be moot, and this door screen idea will be fine.

    • THEY NEED TO BE A BIT HIGHER.

  • salamOOn

    im sorry but this is stupid….. not the screens, but their position. why do i have to look accross the whole cabin to check right screen? there is no logical reason to have them like this. woudnt it be safer and more practical if they would be around screen in front of the driver?

    • WHEN YOU TURN YOUR HEAD TO LOOK AT THE SCREEN YOU ALSO USE YOUR PERIPHERAL VISION TO SEE OUT THE REAR SIDE WINDOW. JUST AS YOU DO NOW WITH MIRRORS.

      • Mike Sinyaboot

        Exactly. While the cameras may get rid of the need for a blind spot monitoring system, it is just stupid to rely on those. It is always going to be safer to actually check your blind spot before any maneuver.

        • salamOOn

          what blind sport? they are cameras, not a curved glass that creates a blind spot…. they record and show you whole direct space along your entire vehicle, so you cant have anything hidden in your “blind spot”…. but i understand what you two guys mean. but for that purpose displays are too low.

  • Vassilis

    I think it’s pretty nice!

  • Jason Panamera

    Interior is beautiful. Much more better than in Q8 and A8, less glossy black plastic surfaces. I think that these screens in doors panels are really nice but only if they will be an optional support for classic mirrors. Dunno how many countries will allow that. It’s the best interior by audi yet.

  • Matthew Boyd

    That works. It’s still in line of sight as it sits right in the same line as the Virtual Cockpit.

  • DanSemering

    Probably the camera mirrors will be standard in few years….

  • Nordschleife

    So we know that Audi will have the same dashboard save for the vents in every car.

  • THE REAR VIEW SCREENS ARE A GREAT IDEA, THOUGH I’D PUT THEM HIGHER UP. PERHAPS IN THE A-PILLAR.

  • Miknik

    The lower positioned and even on a promo shot already super reflective screen does, in my eyes at least, offer zero benefit over a regular door mirror. And, when a side mirror breaks, you can slap a new “DIY mirror” on it for a quick fix, whilst when electronics break, well, we all know it will be expensive and require a specialized work shop.

    This, like deleting some often used switchgear inside, is “innovation” for the sake of “because we can do it”, not of any benefit…

    • Enter Ranting

      This car is full of pointless gimmicks.

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