Audi opens order books for E-Tron Quattro, first deliveries in 2018 image

The time has come – the Ingolstadt-based automaker is almost ready to unleash into the real world the Tesla Model X competitor it has promised for years, the E-Tron Quattro all-electric SUV.

The VW Group is quite fond of presenting a long barrage of concepts ahead of actually turning an electric model – just look at the three ID concepts – but Audi has now officially opened the future owner reservations for the all-electric E-Tron Quattro. Audi Norway was first (it’s Europe’s best EV market) on April 24, and interested customers can put down a 20,000 kroner (approximately $2,900) reservation for the all-wheel drive, 311 miles+ (500 kilometers+) SUV.

“Simultaneously with the unveiling of the electric Audi E-Tron Sportback concept, Audi Norway plans for an advance reservation solution for the electric full-size SUV Audi E-Tron Quattro. The car is ready for production next year and the Norwegian market is first out with such reservation solution,” reads the announcement. By the way, we still don’t have the production-ready model to show you – which is a move learned from Tesla – but we do know the E-Tron Quattro is placed in between the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7. They did offer some new technical bits: 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts) power output, 95-kWh battery, “boost function” for 503 hp (370 kW), and torque of more than 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters). That will enable a 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint of 4.6 seconds.