Gallery: Audi unveiled the fully electronic E-Tron SUV
Audi unveiled the E-Tron, a battery-powered crossover will be made in Brussels and will arrive in the US showrooms later this year, during a big Monday night bash in Tesla Inc.'s backyard. Mercedes-Benz revealed its own electric crossover earlier this month, and BMW showed off another Tesla-fighting concept model on Sunday.
The Audi e-tron is the first fully electrically powered series production model from the brand with the four rings. The company will present its sporty full-size SUV – which is suitable for everyday use – to the world for the first time in San Francisco. The electric SUV is powered by two powerful electric motors that are locally CO2-neutral and virtually silent. A new generation of the quattro drive, the electric all-wheel drive, ensures excellent traction and dynamics. The electric SUV taps its maximum recuperation potential in combination with the integrated electrohydraulic brake control system. One highlight of this concept are the optional virtual exterior mirrors – a worldwide first in a series production model. Its expressive sill area, the electric tailboard and the light gray Singleframe are indicators of the high-voltage technology that makes for a special driving experience. Not only do they reduce aerodynamic drag, they also take digitalization in the vehicle to a whole new level. It ensures the continuous and variable regulation of the ideal distribution of drive torques between the two axles – within a fraction of a second.