Audi e-tron Sportback concept launched, previews production EV due 2019

Audi e-tron Sportback concept

The Audi e-tron Sportback concept has been given its full debut ahead of the 2017 Shanghai motor show.

According to Audi, the e-tron Sportback will go into production in 2019. When it goes on sale, the e-tron Sportback, or whatever it will be christened, will be the brand’s second dedicated mass market EV after the production version of the e-tron quattro concept, which is due to be available in major markets from 2018.

Audi e-tron Sportback concept

The e-tron Sportback has a drivetrain featuring one electric motor for the front axle, and two for the rear. All up, they deliver a total of 320kW of power in regular driving, with 370kW and 800Nm available in boost mode.

Audi claims that the e-tron Sportback is capable of sprinting form 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and hitting a top speed of 210km/h. With its 95kWh battery pack fully charged, the e-tron Sportback is said to have a driving range of over 500km.

Audi e-tron Sportback concept

Attached to a fast charger, the e-tron Sportback’s battery can be topped up to 80 per cent within 30 minutes. The e-tron Sportback also supports wireless charging, and its system, Audi claims, is only 10 per cent slower than charging through a regular cable.

The e-tron Sportback is 4.9m long, 1.98m wide, 1.53m tall, and sits on a 2.93m wheelbase. The concept car is fitted with 23-inch alloy wheels accompanied by 285/30 tyres.

Audi e-tron Sportback concept

There’s also an air suspension system with a ride height that can be varied by 63mm, and matrix laser light projectors for the high beam and driving lights.

On the inside, the e-tron Sportback features seating for four people, two touchscreen OLED panels in the centre of the dashboard, and 4G LTE internet connectivity.