Audi shows off design for e-tron quattro

Luxury electric crossover will come out in early 2018

- Kim Hjelmgaard and Nathan Bomey USA TODAY

In the race to lure luxury customers into electric vehicles, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is making his ambitions clear.

As Silicon Valley automaker Tesla Motors preps the release of its third luxury electric vehicle this month and Porsche weighs a battery-powered concept called Mission E, Audi is readying its own offering: the e-tron quattro.

It’s a concept, but possibly a realistic vision of where Audi is headed. The company on Monday confirmed that it will release a luxury electric crossover in early 2018.

At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Stadler said his goal for the quattro is to “lead the industry in connectivi­ty and energy efficiency.”

Asked how he would do that, he simply turned to his side and motioned to the e-tron quattro, as if to say it spoke for itself.

Audi said the e-tron quattro concept reflects “a concrete foretaste” of the company’s production-model electric crossover.

With a 95 kilowatt-hour battery pack, the vehicle can travel 310.7 miles on a battery charge and can go from 0 to 62.1 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 4.6 seconds. A full charge takes about 50 minutes. It can also be wirelessly charged, though that would take longer. A solar roof adds electrical input on sunny days.

At 16 feet long, 6.3 feet wide and 5.1 feet high, the four-seat etron quattro boasts what Audi described as a “coupe-like silhouette.” It’s longer than Audi’s Q5 crossover and shorter than its Q7.

It has three electric motors, with one in the front and two in the back. Audi said it’s drawing on the engineerin­g expertise it’s gleaned from the R8 e-tron sports car.

The e-tron quattro’s introducti­on marks the latest sign that the luxury industry is taking Tesla seriously. The Silicon Valley company plans to release the Model X crossover later this month.

 ?? ULI DECK, EPA ?? The Audi e-tron quattro concept made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
ULI DECK, EPA The Audi e-tron quattro concept made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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