The Audi e-tron quattro concept has made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) in Germany. The e-tron quattro concept previews the company’s forthcoming all-electric crossover that will be launched in the market in early 2018.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept is powered by three electric motors. One electric motor is located on the front axle and the remaining two electric motors are located on the rear axle. The combined output of the electric motors is rated 320 kW (429 hp). The driver can also choose to increase the output temporarily to 370 kW (496 hp) and over 800 Nm of torque using the boost function.
The company claims that the e-tron quattro concept behaves like a sports car and is capable to accelerating from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds going on to achieve a electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
It features a large lithium-ion battery which is integrated into the floor in order to enhance the vehicle’s axle load distribution and to achieve a low centre of gravity for superior handling characteristics. The 95 kWh battery enables the concept to cover a distance of over 500 km. The batteries can be charged through the Combined Charging System (CCS) with a full charge taking around 50 minutes. Alternatively, the concept can also be charged wirelessly with the help of Audi Wireless Charging technology.
Featuring an aerodynamic coupe-like silhouette, the concept is 4.88 metres long, 1.54 metres high and 1.93 metres wide. The drag coefficient measures 0.25 Cd. The front of the concept features the traditional Audi grille flanked by matrix headlamps which incorporate laser technology. The door mirrors have been replaced by cameras and this has aided in achieving a more aerodynamic shape.
The cabin of the e-tron quattro concept features a more advanced iteration of the Audi virtual cockpit that is offered in the production models since 2014. All the displays in the cabin use OLED technology while the driver is presented with an array of conveniently placed controls. It also comes equipped with the central driver assistance controller (zFAS) for piloted driving which provides information in real time from the ultrasonic sensors, a laser scanner and a video camera.
The press release is embedded below the image gallery.