Audi's EV SUV To Hit The Road Soon
The Audi E-Tron SUV is soon to join the growing ranks of all-electric luxury vehicles, joining the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla’s various SUV offerings.
The e-tron will have a range of 204 miles–or a little over 328 km–and it will start hitting the road in the USA from May this year onwards.
While its range is less than that of its direct competitors–the I-Pace has a range of 376km and the Tesla Model X has a range of 474km–Audi has claimed that that is a deliberate decision.
Though it has a shortfall in range compared to the competition, the E-Tron’s batteries will retain a 12 percent reserve of power–which Audi claims will help prolong its lifespan–and hopefully lower costs.
The E-Tron will seat five, and comes in slightly below the flagship Audi Q8 in its dimensions, making it 193 inches long, 76.3 inches wide, and 65.5 inches tall.
It has a long wheelbase to make room for seven and a half foot long battery pack that's more than five feet wide and a foot deep that sits in the bottom of the vehicle. The battery will weigh just shy of 700kg, and will mean the E-Tron will have quite a low centre of gravity compared to other SUVs.
The battery will power the E-Trons two motors attached to each axle, with the more powerful 221hp battery attached to the rear axle doing most of the work, as Audi says most driving will be done using the rear wheels.
The slightly smaller 181hp front axle motor can be engaged very quickly however, with the E-Tron maintaining its SUV cred there.
The E-Tron will be arriving in Australia sometime around the middle of this year.