Audi reveals the e-tron Sportback, an electric SUV coupe

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Author: | Updated: 20 Nov 2019 15:49

Audi has unveiled its next electric car at the LA Auto Show, the e-tron Sportback. With a 300 kW boost output and range of up to 240 miles, it will be available to order early next year.

Audi e-tron Sportback

A sleek and more efficient alternative to the classically-styled e-tron, the Sportback will begin at S line level when it is launched. This will see distinctively contoured bumpers, pronounced air inlets and a spoiler and full-width diffuser add emphasis to the rear end while also contributing its outstanding aerodynamics.

Combined with the coupe-esque body shape, these factors all help the Sportback achieve an outstanding drag coefficient value of just 0.25— which equates to an increased range of six miles over the regular e-tron. The optional virtual exterior mirrors, whose wing-shaped supports integrate small cameras, are another contributing factor.

Alas, all good things come at a cost and that additional range is traded off for space – the Sportback offers a 615-litre luggage capacity to the current e-tron’s 660-litres.

Aside from the 240 miles of range, the Sportback 55 quattro, has a larger 95kWh battery pack in combination with a dual-electric motor set-up. With 300kW and 664Nm torque it can go from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds up to a limited 124mph.

Audi e-tron Sportback rear

Other unique offerings from the Sportback include the use of 150 kW DC fast chargers which will see the EV reach 80 percent of its capacity in 30 minutes. Audi’s own ‘e- tron Charging Service’ will be rolled out in the UK towards the end of this year to provide easy access to more than 120,000 public charging points too.

Smart LED matrix projector headlights also add a unique touch and can generate dynamic leaving-and coming-home animations that appear on a wall or on the ground. On motorways, the lane light creates a carpet of light that illuminates the driver’s own lane brightly and adjusts dynamically when changing lane.

Audi e-tron Sportback interior

Standard equipment on the Audi e-tron Sportback also includes the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit and MMI touch response operating system found on the current e-tron. Navigation plus and DAB+ digital radio feature as standard.

The Audi e-tron Sportback will reach its first UK customers in the second quarter of 2020. Pricing and specs are TBC.

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