The field of competition for electric drive vehicles has just gotten stronger. With ever-increasing attention on electric vehicles, many brands are unveiling concepts to garner interest from the public, but not all brands have the reputation of Audi. The iconic manufacturer has a long list of both excellent cars and satisfied customers. That is why the Audi E-tron Sportback is such a highly-anticipated release. The Audi E-tron Sportback concept combines classic Audi elements with an array of trendsetting details – an electrifying architecture, tailored consistently to the technology and the package of the electric drive.
The Audi E-tron Sportback represents an important milepost for Audi along the road to electric mobility. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG, confirmed: “The first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use. With a range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) and the special electric driving experience, we will make this sporty SUV the must-have product of the next decade.”
The four-door Gran Turismo Audi E-tron Sportback concept comes with a 320 kW electric drive, and it has the road performance of a high-performance sports car, with the quattro sprinting from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in only 4.6 seconds.
The concept car’s lighting technology is an innovation that is visible by both day and night. Digitally controlled Matrix LED units at the front and rear produce an excellent light yield. Minuscule Digital Matrix projectors literally make their mark on the road ahead, turning light into a versatile, dynamic channel of communication with the surroundings. Narrow light strips on both sides below the front lid – the daytime running lights – become the eyes on the face of the study. Thanks to a combination of LEDs and a micro mirror-studded surface plus complex control technology, a large number of animated movements and signatures are possible.
When the E-tron Sportback starts and also when the doors are opened, the system uses switchable segments to generate dynamic visual welcome signals. Below the daytime running lights, to the left and right of the singleframe, there are two large-area light fields each comprising an arrangement of around 250 LEDs. They offer a vast array of possibilities for creating engaging graphics or specific communicative signs, even while on the move.
Small cameras replace the exterior mirrors. This technology offers other advantages besides improved airflow and reduced wind noise. The blind spot of the physical exterior mirror is virtually eliminated, as is the obstruction to the diagonal forward view. The camera images are shown on separate displays in the doors. Audi is showing this technology as a concrete foretaste of the production version.
The production version of this pioneering electric SUV will appear on the market in 2018. The Audi E-tron Sportback concept car will be followed by its production version in 2019. For more information visit www.audi.com.