Count on greater than 500 hp from beefed-up R8 e-tron powertrain at Frankfurt Motor Present debut
Dubbed the e-tron quattro, the SUV would be the first direct competitor to a Tesla mannequin, and with sufficient electrical automobile know-how within the Volkswagen Automotive Group, it was maybe solely a matter of time earlier than we noticed a direct problem to considered one of its fashions, present or upcoming.
The e-tron quattro idea makes use of the teachings realized from the corporate’s Aerosthetics idea, which tries to scale back aerodynamic drag via design options. Audi claims a coefficient of drag worth of zero.25, which is a file within the SUV section, although the automotive continues to be technically an idea. The dimensions of the idea itself, in the meantime, is what one would count on: proper between the Q5 and the Q7. Audi says that there is sufficient room for 4, indicating that the Q7 will keep the only real three-row SUV within the vary.
The inside of the manufacturing model is prone to hold the floating heart console previewed on this sketch.
The powertrain of the R8 e-tron sports car offers the premise for the e-tron quattro idea, which makes use of three electrical motors — two on the rear axle and one on the entrance axle — to drive the SUV. That is an additional motor on high of what the R8 e-tron makes use of. This additionally means the SUV may have a larger horsepower output, possible in extra of 500 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque because the R8 e-tron produces 454 hp. Audi is staying mum on the precise energy figures of the idea for now.
For power storage the e-tron quattro idea makes use of a lithium ion battery positioned beneath the ground and between the 2 axles, preserving a low heart of gravity and providing a variety larger than 310 miles.
We’ll see if the idea can have two trunks now that there isn’t a engine in the best way. Along with setting an aerodynamic document, the e-tron quattro might also set a baggage area file.
When can we count on it in shops? 2017 seems like a great guess, although the corporate has not explicitly confirmed this. There’s nonetheless the entire Frankfurt motor present forward of us, so automakers are saving all of the concrete particulars for the principle occasion.