Meet the SUV of the future
The German marque’s first ultra-slick, all-electric vehicle is so forward looking, it doesn’t even need wing mirrors
You can almost hear Doc Brown telling Marty McFly: “Wing mirrors? Where we’re going, we don’t need wing mirrors!” Or something. But the car you’re looking at isn’t from the future. No, this is the Audi e-tron ( from £70,805; audi.co.uk) and it goes on sale early next year. In place of good old-fashioned wing mirrors, the German marque’s first standalone all-electric model, a five-seater SUV, boasts a pair of cameras that transmit a live video feed to interactive OLED displays inside the doors.
With various pre-programmed settings (motorway, turning, parking), a zoom feature and the ability to aim the cameras in totally different directions, you can enjoy unprecedented ease of manoeuvrability. Replacing mirrors with cameras also reduces the e-tron’s drag rating, contributing to a Tesla-rivalling 248-mile range per charge.
Performance is equally impressive, with an electric drive unit on each axle helping the e-tron to achieve 0- 62mph in 5.7 seconds, as well as a top speed of 127mph.
The gadgetry continues in the cockpit, with two MMI touchscreens replacing traditional dials for some pizzazz, and an on-board SIM providing updates from the web and intelligent route planning. Audi has promised 12 electric vehicles by 2025. If their first stab is anything to go by, the e-car future looks very bright indeed.