Audi e-tron quattro SUV concept has been teased ahead of its world debut which is scheduled on September 17th at IAA 2015 (Frankfurt Motor Show).
Based on the second generation MLB platform, e-tron quattro concept is designed as an electric SUV from ground up. Design is based on ‘Aerosthetics’ philosophy which incorporates aerodynamic elements with creative design solutions. Movable parts upfront, on the sides and at the rear along with completely covered underbody make for an impressive drag co-efficient of 0.25 (best among large SUVs).
Modern interpretation of Audi’s SinglFrame grille, sharp LED headlamps with vertical running lights, a flat and tight-fitting roof and a familiar rear fascia sum up the design. Audi says that the length of the concept is somewhere between Q5 and Q7.
Interior has a futuristic design which sets it apart from rest of Audis. It uses a new flat bottomed steering wheel, hexagonal fully digital instrument console, a swanky MMI screen on centre console and a touch sensitive display on the transmission tunnel which replaces traditional buttons and dials.
Audi e-tron quattro concept derives its electric powertrain from R8 e-tron supercar. The system comprises three electric motors – one driving the front axle and two driver the rear – deriving electricity from a Li-ion battery pack located between the axles, under the passenger cell.
Audi has announced that the concept will spawn the brand’s first all-electric production SUV. Likely to be christened as Q6, the vehicle will benefit from advanced cell technology from LG Chem and Samsung SDI. On a full charge, the zero emission crossover is claimed to have a range of over 500 km (310 miles).
Audi will launch the production version of e-tron quattro concept in 2018. It will compete with Tesla Model X.