X Marks the Spot — 300-Mile-Range Audi e-tron SUV Coming in 2018 to Battle Tesla

X Marks the Spot — 300-Mile-Range Audi e-tron SUV Coming in 2018 to Battle Tesla

X Marks the Spot — 300-Mile-Range Audi e-tron SUV Coming in 2018 to Battle Tesla

0 comments 📅27 February 2017, 23:15

Audi has confirmed its all-stimulating e-tron quattro SUV will come to market next year with “300 miles” stretch, and possibly more.

Introduced as a pre-production concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2015, the producing version of the e-tron quattro will be among the first premium all-electric SUVs, joining the Tesla X and the planned Jaguar I-Step.

For its part, Audi says the luxury electric vehicle to be sized between a Q5 and Q7 resolution be “the first real premium manufacturer doing a premium electric SUV.”

Tesla has had value control issues with its Model X “SUV,” which others describe as a crossover, but Audi appears to be wellnigh snubbing Tesla in not recognizing the fast X priced in the “premium” segment, and surely a contender.

As for the e-tron’s “300 miles” range, Audi has not disclosed what test recur this estimate is based on, but it could well be the generous Euro NEDC series. This cycle typically estimates higher – and unrealistic – range than the U.S. EPA recur.

There is no formula to precisely estimate under EPA what the e-tron may deliver. If Audi is basing its command on the NEDC, real-world range may be in the neighborhood of 250 miles assuming the battery is the unmodified size as the pre-production version, or 95 kWh.

Audi’s timing also benefits from what numberless believe will be continued investment in the charging infrastructure both in Europe and the U.S.

“It’s not our job to put in in charging points. We are pushing and organising this, though, and working with partners on it,” said sales and marketing chief Dietmar Voggenreiter to Autocar. “No cars, no infrastructure, but in the next two years there are lots of investments,”

Voggenreiter illustrious also that an SUV is important for the e-tron because it is the most on-trend body trend.

“A lot of customers have been asking when we’ll bring this car to superstore,” he said. “There is certain demand in the premium segment and we’re not being beforehand to market for the sake of it; it’s the right product. It’s a real SUV, with Audi design phrasing.”

The all-wheel-drive e-tron SUV will likely have three motors — one in the face and two in the rear and is to be built on the platform its corporate cousin Porsche is developing for the Mission E sedan.

To be produced in Belgium, it promises to surely be a high-tech, with typical Audi build quality.

Assuming it gets here in 2018 it longing arrive in time for greater infrastructure and competitors in the works to to start fleshing out the energized SUV segment – even if Audi does not acknowledge Tesla as the “first” it says it desire be.

Autocar via Inside EVs

This article first appeared on hybridcars.com

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