Two years ago at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi presented the E-Tron Quattro to the public. This gave us an idea that they will soon be producing crossovers. The Quattro will be moving into production by 2018, and a year later, a coupe version of it will follow. This crossover-coupe they call the E-Tron Sportback made its debut at the Auto Shanghai in China just this week, along with two other electric concepts from competitors: the VW I.D. Crozz and the Skoda Vision E.
Similar to Volkswagen I.D. Crozz, Audi’s E-Tron Sportback also features light emitting diodes. The four-rings brand not only equips this new concept with full LED headlights and taillights. It also gets an illuminated Audi logo. Instead, it is supposed to have approximately 250 extra LEDs located around the front bumper, precisely on both sides of the corporate singleframe grille. But these lights do not only have one purpose - they are made to communicate with other cars on the road forming different light patterns - from shapes to numbers as seen on its concept video debut.
The E-Tron Sportback isn’t just about smart LEDs. At 4.9 meters long, 1.98 meters wide, and 1.53 meters tall, this coupe has a strong electric powertrain that can produce as much as 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts), and can reach a peak of 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts) when the boost mode is activated. Taking only 4.5 seconds, this little EV can accelerate up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) from a standstill.
If you are not that into speed or performance, we still have some good news for you. The Sportback has a pretty impressive range of over 310 miles (500 kilometers) according to figures provided by the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). All this comes from its large 95-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. And recharging the battery to an 80% level only takes about 30 minutes.
The E-Tron Sportback concept features cameras for sideview mirrors, and a large set of alloy wheels (23 inches). Inside, you will find a simple cabin with an all-digital instrument cluster alongside a pretty large touchscreen that serves as an infotainment system. Besides the infotainment, there is another touchscreen that controls ventilation, temperature/heating, and air conditioning (HVAC). On the front passenger side (above the glove box) is yet another thin screen that acts like a dashboard that displays weather, time, and multimedia information.
The company did not mention where production of this model will be held, but it will probably share the factory where the non-coupe version will be produced - the factory has been confirmed to be built somewhere in Brussels, Belgium.