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

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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; 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.

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