Without the R8 E-Tron, killed off in 2016, Audi has been lacking in the electric vehicle department – but that’s set to be rectified by the apparition of the E-Tron Quattro, set to start production in 2018 and of the E-Tron Sportback coming in 2019.
First off, the E-Tron Quattro zero-emissions SUV is going to be produced starting next year at the plant in Brussels, Belgium – and then it will be followed by the more nimble E-Tron Sportback showcased for the first time in concept form at the Auto Shanghai motor show in China. It’s labeled as a “four-door gran turismo,” and the production version will be inspired by the prototype, which had an all-electric powertrain with 430 hp (320 kW) – or 496 hp (370 kW) in boost mode.
No doubt the production version is going to be just as punchy, as the concept reached 62 mph (100 kph) in just four and a half seconds, but of course at this point when talking about an EV people are more concerned with range anxiety – the E-Tron Sportback shouldn’t be worrisome as Audi claims 310 miles (500 kilometers) with a full charge thanks to the 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Of course, since the manufacturer uses the NEDC test, real world performance is not going to be that good.