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Audi e-tron Photo: Supplied
Audi e-tron Photo: Supplied
Audi e-tron Photo: Supplied
Audi e-tron Photo: Supplied
 
 
Alex Rae | Jul, 05 2018 | 0 Comments

Audi has revealed further details of its upcoming all-electric e-tron SUV that includes world-first technology to improve electric range.

The German maker is pushing on with its image teasing build up before a delayed official launch later this year. Originally slated to arrive in August, the EV has been pushed out after the maker’s CEO was arrested last month over the lingering diesel emissions scandal.

Bringing a new electric SUV into its segment that sits size-wise between the current Q5 and Q7, the e-tron is powered by a 95kWh battery capable of 399km range from twin-electric motors, one on each axle.

The latest tease from Audi details interior gadgetry including triple-screens that replace conventional climate control and radio buttons as well as a further two 7.0-inch screens mounted on the upper door panels which replace the conventional glass wing mirrors called ‘virtual exterior mirrors,’ and a costly option.

In combination with sleek but typical Audi exterior design and self-lowering air suspension the e-tron achieves a lower drag that adds over 30km more range when its wings are clipped.

Two new touchscreen surfaces on the centre console and dash add a state-of-the-art feel inside for controlling the climate, navigation, media and car settings. A third 12.3-inch screen sits behind the steering wheel the same as Audi’s current virtual cockpit but provides customised information on the EV’s drivetrain and range.

Hooked-up to the infotainment is a 705-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo sound system equalised to suit the e-tron’s interior dimensions and surfaces that include leather seats with circuit board-inspired stitch patterns and high-voltage orange ascents surrounded by backlit ambient lighting.

Without a need for driveshafts and diffs, space inside has been maximised on the 2928mm-long wheelbase with, ‘top-class in the full-size SUV segment’ head, leg and knee room in both front and rear seats for all five occupants.

And it will be hushed according to Audi, with wind noise reduced from its new virtual wing mirrors and a focus on noise dampening around the interior capsule.

Though the scheduled launch date has been pushed past August the e-tron is on track to arrive in Australia next year.

 
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