The daddy of all e-trons is here…
Audi has been using the e-tron moniker on a number of its vehicles for years, including a few concepts car and the A3 Soortback plug-in hybrid; however, with the new e-tron, it’s all electric, all the time.
As the German automaker’s first ever, fully-electric production model, the midsize electric SUV takes direct aim at the Tesla Model X, Mercedes-Benz EQC and Jaguar I Pace. It offers seating for five and can hold up to 28.5 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are up and 57 cubic feet when folded flat.
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Designer followed in Mercedes-Benz’s footsteps rather than Tesla’s by giving the e-tron a conventional appearance. In fact, much like the EQC, it doesn’t look that much different from its conventionally-powered SUV siblings, namely the Audi Q8. Highlights include a sleeker interpretation of Audi’s trademark signature Singleframe grille with a platinum gray finish that signifies its electric drivetrain, full LEDs headlights with four horizontal bars that mimic a charging status indicator, and LED taillights with a connecting lighting strip like on the Q8.
The interior echoes the high-tech drivetrain, featuring Audi’s virtual cockpit digital gauge display, as well as two high-definition LCD screens on the center stack for handling all infotainment and climate control functions.
The ubiquitous MMI infotainment system has even been fully integrated with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, allowing drivers to use voice commands to listen to music, control connected home devices or use Alexa skills as they would on their home-based Alexa-enabled device.
Power comes from two electric motors and a 95 kWh battery system, allowing the e-tron to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds on route to a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). It should be able to drive for about 250 miles (402 km) on a full charge and tow up to 4,000 pounds (1,814 km)
Located beneath the cabin, the battery system weighs 1,543 pounds (700 kg) and is comprised of 36 cell modules in square aluminum housings, each roughly the size of a shoe box. It can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes using a fast-charging system, but several hours to fully replenish with a 240 volt lead.
At home, e-tron drivers can utilize home charging systems available through a collaboration with Amazon Home Service; on the road, they will be able to tap into the “Powered by Electrify America” charging network, which will include nearly 500 fast-charging sites throughout 40 states and 17 metro areas by July 2019.
As part of the purchase of a e-tron, owners receive 1,000 kWh of charging at Electrify America sites over four years.
North American sales of the Audi e-tron begin in the second quarter of 2019, with prices starting at $75,795 in the United States.
Is Audi Bringing More Wagons To The United States, Canada?
An enigmatic Twitter post suggests more Audi wagons are coming to North America.
With the A4 Allroad serving as its only wagon available in the United States and Canada, Audi could be gearing up to capitalize on the small renaissance in the wagon segment.
A tweet () by the German automaker hints at more of its wagon crossing the Atlantic, with some reports claiming that the A6 Avant at the very least will be sold alongside the rugged, more offroad-oriented A4 Allroad.
The performance-oriented RS6 Avant with its twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 may also come to America, giving practical-minded driving enthusiasts a compelling option to consider.
The North American-spec A6 Avant could go on sale sometime in the second half of 2019 as 2020 model year vehicle as Audi’s an answer to Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon and Volvo V90. How will you configure yours?
Audi’s New Tech Lets Drivers Catch Green Lights, Avoid Red Lights
If you hate sitting at red lights, Audi has a novel solution that allows you to ride the ‘wave’ of green lights.
Audi has introduced a new technology that could make waiting at red lights a thing of the past.
Leveraging the company’s Traffic Light Information system, the so-called ‘Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory’ (GLOSA) system uses traffic light information to let drivers know what speed they should travel to catch the next green light and avoid having to stop at a red light, thereby reducing a journey’s overall emissions.
“Audi is committed to moving America in many ways, including through the development of industry-leading connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Mark Del Rosso, president, Audi of America. “Not only do vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies like GLOSA benefit drivers today, they’re also the critical steps needed as we continue toward an automated future.”
But should you by chance get stuck at a red light, the system also has a countdown to green that lets you know exactly how long you’ll have to wait before you can continue on your journey.
Available on select 2017 and newer vehicles, the GLOSA system launches in select metro areas before expanding to new locals over time.
New Audi e-tron GT Concept Previews Audi’s Tesla Model S Fighter
The electrified fastback sedan will eventually join the e-tron SUV in Audi’s growing electric vehicle lineup.
Audi has revealed the e-tron GT concept, effectively previewing its answer to the Tesla Model S.
Based on the same platform as the Porsche Taycan, the e-tron GT will follow the e-tron and e-tron Sportback crossovers as the brand’s third electric car. It features a five-door liftback bodystyle that’s similar to the A7, though it slightly wider and sits lower to the ground than that Audi. In fact, the car’s center of gravity is more inline with an R8 supercar thanks to having its battery mounted below the floor.
Powered by an electric drivetrain that produces 590 horsepower, and with a permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring distributing that power, the e-tron GT can rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph (200 km/h) in around 12 seconds. A 90-kWh battery allows it to drive over 249 miles (402 km) according to the WLTP test cycle, and drivers can expect to recharge a depleted battery to 80 percent in just 20 minutes
As with the e-tron SUV, the production e-tron GT’s design is expected to stay true to the concept. Audi says production will begin sometime in 2020.
What do you think about the Audi e-tron GT Concept? Do you like what you see, and does Tesla have something to be worried about? Share your thoughts in the comments below.