Audi just raised the stakes at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show Audi by intoducing E-Tron Sportback, the all-new electric crossover coupé concept, which is to evolve into a proper production model by 2019 and go up against Tesla X.

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The future all-electric production models by Audi (E-Tron Sportback will not be the first one) will be equipped with more or less the same powertrain as was developed for the concept. It will feature a four-wheel drive and will be equipped with one electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear, providing a total power output of 320 kW (370 kW in the boost mode), which is enough to make the car accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds. The motors will draw their energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, offering energy content of 95 kilowatt-hours and a range of over 500 kilometers. The battery pack is installed between the axles below the passenger compartment, giving the car a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution of 52:48 (front/rear) – something that is bound to improve the overall driving performance.

Fittingly for a modern concept, the interior has been designed with a plethora of touchscreens, neatly arranged on the centre console, below the central display, and in the door trims. The most noticable new thing on the exteriror, however, are the digitally controlled Matrix LED units at the front and rear that – with the help of 250 LED diods and micromirrors – enable various images, signs and graphics to be projected onto the sruface in front of the vehicle, while also communicating directly with the surroudings.

April 21, 2017 Driving photo: Audi

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