The Audi e-tron quattro concept has been teased yet again, ahead of its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) this month. Audi released sketches and renderings of the concept earlier, and now has released a teaser video of it being shaped from clay.
The edgy appearance on the front fascia suggests that the concept derives inspiration from the Audi Prologue concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November last year. The large radiator grille has the same shape, but inside, there are lesser horizontal slats and there’s addition of a few vertical slats. The bumper is also redesigned, and so is the hood, but all in all, the front fascia is essentially a rugged version of the Prologue concept’s.
The clay model has evolved into a working prototype, as seen in the below images from AutoBild. The battery-powered crossover concept appears to be short in height but that combined with, muscular fenders, large wheels, gives it a very sporty appeal makes it look exceptionally stylish. The short overhangs and the rear-end with the sleek tail lamps add to the futuristic appearance.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept’s electric motor is powered by a large lithium-ion battery. The battery is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment to keep the centre of gravity low and the axle load distribution balanced. This leads to improved driving dynamics and safety. The concept is based on the second generation modular longitudinal platform (MLB-Evo).
The Audi e-tron quattro concept will evolve into the brand’s first production all-electric crossover in early 2018. Like the concept, the production version will also have a range of over 500 km (310 miles).
While the concept version has a 2+2 four-seat configuration, the production version will likely have 2+3 five-seat configuration.
[Source: Audi and AutoBild]