The latest concept of the Ingolstadt-based automaker, presented in front of the worldwide audience of the Shanghai Motor Show is yet another crossover-coupe, showing the public’s increasing appetite for the body style.
Audi is keenly interested in both electrification and making even more money out of the popular love for crossovers – and they’re mix matching both since the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, when they showcased the E-Tron Quattro to announce their desire to produce a series electric crossover. The production car is arriving next year and will be followed a year later by the coupe-SUV model, previewed by the new E-Tron Sportback concept. But the highlight of the prototype seems to be the fact that it’s jam packed with light-emitting diodes. We have the usual full-LED headlights and taillights, as well as approximately 250 extra LEDs on the front bumper to the left and right of the corporate singleframe grille, complete with illuminated Audi logo.
This is a 4.9-meter-long, 1.98-meter-wide, and 1.53-meter tall concept, powered by a full electric powertrain with 320 kilowatts (430 horsepower) or up to 370 kW (496 hp) through boost mode. The E-Tron Sportback will sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.5 seconds, while the 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack will deliver 310 miles (500 kilometers) on a charge in the optimistic New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).