Audi took the covers off the e-tron SUV for its online premiere a couple of weeks ago but this is the first time most members of the press and the public have seen it live. To say it makes the Tesla Model X look fat would be an understatement.
The Audi e-tron SUV utilizes a pair of asynchronous motors working alongside a 95 kWh battery pack. These motors incorporate an energy recuperation system that kicks in whenever the driver releases the accelerator and when the brake pedal is depressed. This recuperation system is responsible for as much as 30 per cent of the vehicle’s range, depending on driving conditions.
While Audi has yet to confirm exactly how far the e-tron SUV will travel on a single charge, reports expect it to sit at roughly 250 miles (402 km).
What we do know is that the SUV will accelerate from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and continue through to a 124 mph (200 km/h) top speed. While it may have the advantage over the Model X in the looks department, it’s not as accelerative.
Elsewhere, the vehicle features electric all-wheel drive that offers advanced torque vectoring and an innovative traction control system which regulates wheel slip by the millisecond. The e-tron SUV also supports DC fast charging of up to 150 kW meaning it can be topped up to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes.
U.S. pricing starts at $74,800 for the entry-level Premium Plus model and increases to $86,700 for the First Edition.