Frankfurt details continue rolling out, and now Audi has joined the party with a concept all its own. I am talking about the E-Tron Quattro Concept, which is the all-electric SUV that has been circulating the rumormill for some time.
This concept, which measures 192.1 inches long, 76 inches wide and 60.6 inches tall, looks pretty close to production ready, as it features most of Audi’s newest design language. Its hexagon grille is traditional Audi styling, while its more pronounced body lines and Matrix lighting up front are all part of the brand’s new identity. In addition to these stylish looks, Audi also installed special aero bits to help keep its drag low. These include electrically actuated components on the hood, the flanks, and the rear, which push the coefficient of drag to just 0.25.
On the inside, the E-Tron Quattro Concept features all the tech expected of a conceptual EV. All of the displays use OLED, including the virtual cockpit and the two touch displays flanking it. The left display controls the lights and piloted driving systems (yes, this EV can drive itself in some capacity), while the right screen houses the navigation system and media. There is also a center-mounted OLED screen below the gear selector, which controls the HVAC system and displays drive information.
In the rear, passengers enjoy individual seats and an OLED screen on the center console that allows them to control the rear HVAC system and infotainment system. This rear screen also allows the rear passengers to share data with the driver.
On top of all of its high-end tech is a drivetrain that is about as advanced as they come these days. This concept makes use of a trio of electric motors – one in the front and two out back — that team up to produce 370 kW (496 horsepower) and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of torque. Thanks to the instantly available power and all-wheel drive, the E-Tron Concept launches to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds and tops out at 210 km/h (130.5 mph). Torque vectoring assures that the power is going to the right wheels based upon the conditions.
On top of being very quick, the E-Tron Quattro Concept also has Tesla-matching range, as it can travel up to 500 km (310.7 miles) on a single charge. Getting a full charge isn’t a time-consuming process either, as this can take as little as 50 minutes. Audi Wireless Charging is also an option, allowing owners to charge without even plugging in.
There is no mention of production plans for this concept, but my gut tells me that given this concept receives a warm welcome, we will see it in a few years’ time.