Audi has announced the highly anticipated pure electric crossover concept for the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA), with the name ‘e-tron quattro’. The company has released significant details about the concept, including sketches of the concept’s exterior and interior. The concept is a four-seater but will likely become a five-seater when it moves to production.
The exterior design, especially at the front, appears to be very bold and sharp and quite an indicator of the company’s future in terms of styling. Sloping roof, compact window panels, short overhangs and large wheels & wheel arches give a muscular appeal to the sides. The rear-end, like to the front, boasts a bold new design, including sharper tail lights, an aggressive diffuser and a roof-mounted spoiler. The underbody has been aerodynamically optimised and is completely closed.
The cabin is embellished with a futuristic design as one would expect from a concept. The dashboard features a number of OLED displays. Apart from one for the infotainment system, there’s also an OLED display just ahead of the gear selector. Both rear passengers get their own OLED displays for fan speed & temperature control, seat adjustment and other functions.
Sitting on the second generation modular longitudinal platform (MLB-Evo), the e-tron quattro concept is larger than the Audi Q5 but smaller than the Q7, and is likely to be named ‘Audi Q6 e-tron’. The concept’s electric motor is powered by a large lithium-ion battery that is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment, thus keeping the centre of gravity low and axle load distribution balanced. Both these benefits further lead to improved driving dynamics and safety.
Audi says that it has used its experience with the R8 e-tron that was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, for the driveline. There are three electric motors on-board – one on the front axle and two on the rear axle. The concept has a Cd value of 0.25, which the German automaker claims to be a new record in the SUV segment. The significantly lower aerodynamic drag and has a bearing on the concept’s impressive driving range of over 500 km (310 miles).
The production Audi Q6 e-tron (name not confirmed) based on the e-tron quattro concept will arrive in early 2018.