Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept Revealed

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An all-electric crossover/hatchback with a range of 500 km and a 0-100 kph time of 4.5 seconds. What’s not to like?

Even Audi isn’t sure what to call its latest concept, labelling it a 4-door Gran Turismo Coupe Sportback. It really seems the Ingolstadt-based brand simply chose descriptions that are de rigueur in the motoring fraternity, stacked them in a sequential order and, voila, there's a name for its latest show car.

The E-Tron Sportback is particularly good-looking, though. It’s pencilled in for a 2019 release, just a year after the original E-Tron is expected to hit dealerships.

The E-Tron Sportback Concept features an LED lighting technology that allows Audi to display different signature patterns when the car is started and when the doors are opened. An arrangement of 250 LEDs within the headlamp are switchable depending on which operating state the car is.

The daytime running lights effectively become the eyes on the face of the study. Thanks to a combination of LEDs and a micromirror-studded surface plus complex control technology, a large number of animated movements and signatures are possible.

The concept is driven by 3 electric motors in a configuration that Audi will use going forward. One electric motor powers the front wheels and the other 2 power the rear wheels. The result is 320 kW of total power, which can be boosted to 370 kW in boost mode. The claimed zero to 100 kph time is a swift 4.5 seconds.

Audi’s E-Tron Sportback sits on 23-inch wheels and its length is 4.9-metres. It’s about the same size as an Audi A7, in other words.

As with many current concepts, cameras now replace the wing mirrors, thereby eliminating most if not all blindspots. The cameras are projected onto displays fitted into the door panels. Audi states that this will be a definite feature on the production model.

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