Could the e-tron quattro concept preview a future of fast electric Audis?

Could the e-tron quattro concept preview a future of fast electric Audis?:

Confirmed production of battery-powered SUV hints at Audi’s future

Audi has announced it will bring a new all-electric SUV concept to the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. Called the e-tron quattro concept, it’s powered by a lithium-ion battery housed under the middle of the passenger cabin and sends drive to all-four wheels via three electric motors.

Two of these motors are located on the rear-axle, while the third sits on the front in a system Audi is calling e-tron quattro. Power output remains unconfirmed, though the carmaker has revealed its concept is good for more than 310 miles of range.

 

In order to achieve this impressive claimed figure, Audi says the SUV’s chunky body has been chiselled into the slipperiest shape possible. Clear signals for these efforts are a sleek coupe glasshouse and flat underbody, while active aerodynamic features on all sides help to optimise airflow around the car.

The result is a drag co-efficient of 0.25, which, to put things in to perspective, is just 0.06 Cd off the super-sleek looking VW XL1 and a substantial 0.08 Cd less than the smaller Q5 SUV. If it were to make production as it is, the e-tron quattro would be the most aerodynamically efficient SUV on sale. 

 

Though the e-tron quattro is very much a concept, Audi has gone so far as to confirm it will be building an all-electric SUV with a performance focus from 2018 – so this car is a preview of that model. Based on the manufacturer’s second-gen MLB platform, the four-seat SUV will be bigger than the Q5 but smaller than the Q7, suggesting it could be named the Q6. The concept’s cabin drawings also hint that it’ll get a future version of Audi’s TFT virtual cockpit.

Aside from the electric SUV model it will spawn, the e-tron quattro concept confirms Audi still has plans to grow its all-electric range in the future. Earlier this year, the latest R8 was unveiled in rear-wheel drive e-tron concept form, with promise that it’ll influence a forthcoming Tesla Model S-rivalling sports car. With this in mind, the e-tron quattro could be the first of several purpose-built all-electric production models to enter Audi’s line-up from 2018.

Sam Sheehan

19 Aug 2015

(Via evo: News)