Audi E-Tron: The Biggest Trump Card In Audi’s Pocket To Capture The SUV Market
This year, Audi has some really big plans of taking on the SUV market by a storm. The company has lined up an impressive range of 8 new vehicles, which it plans to introduce into the SUV market. Amongst these 8 new vehicles, the all electric Audi E-Tron is going to be the most highly awaited car of the year.
With its Audi E-Tron, the company plans on giving direct competition to vehicles like Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace. This vehicle is the direct result of the slowing demand for diesel vehicles, coupled with an increasing demand for electric vehicles world over, especially the European markets.
The First Look
We got our first glimpse of the concept model of this car in 2016 and then it was called the Q6 E-Tron Quattro. However, things have changed significantly since then, and now Q6 and E-Tron are two separate models that the company is planning on launching in the market. The latest spy shots and photographs of the E-Tron that have emerged in the market, show a design which has been considerably toned down, in comparison to the concept model. However, the lighting design and the front grille set of the vehicle remain the same as was seen in the concept model. The production of the vehicle has already started, and by mid of 2018 you can expect the vehicle to be available at the Audi dealerships for sale purposes.
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The company has roped in some of the best car designers to design the look of E-Tron, and differentiate the same from the company’s other vehicles like Q5 and Q7. The front shape of the vehicle will be the biggest point of difference in the looks of this vehicle and other models like Q5 and Q7. The front end of this car will be smaller, the grills will be partially blanked and the headlamps will be reshaped as well. The entire length of the side profile of the vehicle will see a broad shoulder line. The rear will be in the shape of a coupe, which will give the vehicle a sleeker appearance.
Although the company has not given a clear look of the insides of the vehicle, however, based on the rumors and other information that has been doing the rounds about the vehicle, we can expect the interiors to be pretty similar to those of Audi A8. The Virtual Cockpit will be present in this vehicle and will display information about the range, power usage and charging time. A Dual screen infotainment system will also be present in the vehicle. A level three autonomous technology can be expected to be present in Audi E-Tron. The vehicle is going to be a 5 seater, while the boot space in the same will be similar to that of Q5.
The vehicle will be fitted with 3 electric motors. The mechanics of the vehicle will be similar to those of Mission E performance electric saloon. Out of the 3 motors, 2 will be present in the rear of the vehicle while the third one will power the front of the car. The vehicle is expected to provide its customers with a driving range of 311 miles. If the vehicle is able to actually achieve this driving range, it will be able to beat its biggest competition in the market, I-Pace, which Jaguar claims will offer a driving range of 310 miles. As per the company claims, you can expect the car to offer a power of 496 bhp and a sprint time of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. The top speed of the vehicle has been limited at 131 mph.
Audi E-Tron Price
There has not been any confirmation from the company or any of its officials about the exact price at which you can expect to buy Audi E-Tron. However, the company has been saying that you can buy this vehicle at the same price, at which you can buy a fully specced and loaded A6 executive saloon car of the company. Based on this information, you can expect the price of the vehicle to be somewhere in the range of £60000. This is going to be a very competitive price, since the Model X, which happens to be one of the closest competitors of E-Tron is priced at around £75000. However, I-Pace is also expected to be available at around £60000, and hence, the company may face some competition at that end.
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Audi E-Tron Release Date
The company is planning to start the sale of this vehicle either by the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019. The company is hoping to really capture the SUV market this year, and with its E-Tron Sportback, the company will be able to fill in the couple style SUV that has been missing from its SUV range.
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