THINK­ING FOR­WARD TO LOOK BACK

Autocar - - FIRST DRIVES -

The E-tron in­tro­duces Audi’s new Vir­tual Mir­ror tech­nol­ogy – a func­tion of­fi­cials sug­gest will also be of­fered on the up­com­ing E-tron Sport­back and E-tron GT. It uses dig­i­tal cam­eras mounted on small arms to dis­play video on a pair of 7.0in dis­plays mounted within the door pan­els. Their main pur­pose is to re­duce aero­dy­namic drag, but Audi also ad­mits the hope is that the high-tech ap­pear­ance will also ap­peal to buy­ers.

Check­ing the dis­plays within the door pan­els takes some get­ting used to be­cause they are mounted lower and much closer to you than con­ven­tional ex­te­rior door mir­rors. Glare is also a prob­lem in strong day­light, al­though the field of view can be ad­justed via a touch func­tion.

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