On the 2019 Geneva Auto Show a little over a 12 months in the past, Audi confirmed us the Q4 E-Tron concept, a preview of its upcoming compact electrical SUV. We have nonetheless received some time to attend for the manufacturing This autumn to hit showrooms—it isn’t due till 2021—however Audi has simply launched just a little one thing extra to whet our appetites: A brand new idea known as the This autumn E-Tron Sportback.
The photographs inform the story: This can be a “coupe” model of the This autumn E-Tron, and it is principally a three-quarter-scale model of the upcoming 2020 E-Tron Sportback. The This autumn E-Tron is sort of an identical in measurement to the This autumn E-Tron SUV, standing simply four-tenths of an inch shorter and decrease, however an identical in width and wheelbase. The car you are taking a look at is an idea automotive; exterior designer Amar Kaya advised us it is a bit wider within the fenders and cabin than the manufacturing model will likely be, however apart from that and a few modifications to the entrance and rear styling, “that is usually the automotive.”
This autumn E-Tron Powertrain Particulars
Audi had a couple of extra technical particulars for us, which apply to each SUV and Sportback variations of the This autumn E-Tron. The underpinnings are the MEB modular electrical platform, which is shared with Volkswagen and used beneath its upcoming ID 4 compact crossover. Audi will supply a selection of single-motor rear-wheel-drive or dual-motor all-wheel-drive, the latter with a complete output of 225 kW, or 302 horsepower. Audi claims a 0-62-mph time of 6.three seconds, which is modest for a dual-motor EV, and a high velocity simply shy of 112 mph.
Each Q4s have an 82-kWh battery tucked between the entrance and rear axles, 12 kWh greater than the new Tesla Model Y‘s battery however 1 kwh in need of the most important battery to be provided in Ford’s upcoming Mustang Mach-E. Audi claims a variety of 280 miles within the WLTP cycle with all-wheel-drive, and 311 miles for the rear-drive model. There isn’t any strategy to straight translate that to EPA vary, however we are able to make a tough estimate: About 250 miles with all-wheel-drive and 275 with rear-wheel-drive. That signifies the This autumn E-Tron will fall properly in need of the rankings of the Mannequin Y (315 miles) and the Mach-E (300 miles), however we can’t know for positive till we get an official EPA quantity—and even then, real-world use may see results differ significantly from the official rankings.
Augmented Actuality HUD
Audi additionally talked a bit extra about tech, together with an “augmented actuality” head-up show. Particulars had been sketchy—nobody doing the presentation had but seen the system in motion—but it surely ought to embrace options akin to animated arrows for turn-by-turn navigation. Audi will even supply house owners the chance to customise the sample of the LED daytime operating lights, however we do not know but if this function will match with U.S. rules. (Most Euro-nifty lighting would not.)
Audi says the manufacturing model of the This autumn E-Tron Sportback will go on sale throughout calendar 12 months 2021. Pricing has not been set, however Audi is focusing on a base worth of €40,000 in Europe, which is simply shy of $45,000 at at the moment’s trade charge.