Production 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback Looks Less Futuristic Than Concept

Prospective buyers who think the regular Audi e-tron looks a little too underwhelming can now direct their attention to the upcoming e-tron Sportback, which features more typical SUV Coupe styling.

The Audi e-tron Sportback is expected to utilize the same fully electric powertrain found in the regular e-tron, which boasts a 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that powers two electric motors for a combined output of 402 HP (407 PS) and 490 lb-ft (664 Nm) of torque.

As you can imagine, performance is not an issue, with the latter able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.7 seconds, while also offering a combined range of 259 miles (417 km) in the WLTP cycle.

A more conventional appearance

Unfortunately, the production-ready e-tron Sportback is nothing more than a sloped roof version of the regular car, and looks almost nothing like the e-tron Sportback Concept Audi unveiled back in 2017 at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Its body its far less muscular, the front fascia has been brought down to Earth, the wheels are obviously smaller and the rear end is “more Sportback and less Fastback” – meaning that it even has a boot lid spoiler, as opposed to the concept‘s more seamless and slanted design.

At least buyers will be able to opt for cameras instead of traditional wing mirrors, like in the regular e-tron. Meanwhile, expect the Sportback to also come with the latest in onboard tech, such as the Audi Virtual Cockpit, Audi Parking System Plus with 360-degree display and rear-view camera, Lane Departure Warning and MMI Navigation Plus and plenty more, as standard. The intelligent Matrix LED headlights, adaptive cruise control and previously-mentioned wing cameras will probably remain optional extras.

Since the e-tron Sportback is only now making its spy debut, a Geneva Motor Show appearance sounds a little unrealistic. However, Audi did confirm that the vehicle will be ready for mass production sometime later this year.

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  • StrangerGP

    boring design incoming

  • Patrick Böhme

    I am asking me whats wrong with that Audi guys. Instead of building another pointless mutation of an E-SUV they should focus on EV´s for the people like an EV-A2, EV-A3, EV-A4. Aerodynamic, affordable cars for familiy guys.

    • botornot387

      Easy, the MEB platform isn’t ready yet. This is built on the MLB Evo which is already in production. Also, none of the automakers are jumping on the EV for all because it reduces their profit margins. Hence why it won’t happen until the MEB platform is ready, which will underpin all the smaller segment cars, and PPV for high end prem models.

      • Patrick Böhme

        you‘re right, but the small margins from today are the big profits for tomorrow. again, no one needs the 26th mutation of SUV. A high product variety is just a waste of money and a lost of reliability.

  • no25

    That taillight is awful

  • Sébastien

    Sportback was for a3, a5, a7… Now it’s for Q???
    Why not call it eTronQ4

  • botornot387

    this looks horrible compared to the concept. Hopefully, some substantial changes happen before production. Definitely could use different Headlights and taillitghts.

    • Gregory Cassanova

      I know! Very disappointing I was looking foward to this car

    • Yavor

      What do you expect? It’s Audi… expect copy paste for 30 years…

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Looks basic AF, people will keep buying Teslas

  • atomicbri

    Wow! That’s awful! The concept at least was a little more sleek. This is generic Audi, jacked up on stilts hatchback. Yeah I will pass on this.

  • This is exceedingly disappointing. I cannot express my complete mortification. Audi, the one brand that has always brought its realistic concept models to full production with minor modifications, has, for the first time, blown it.

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