Audi teases us with image of new E-Tron Sportback Concept ahead of Shanghai Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on April 17, 2017

Audi has been delighting fans and critics alike with teaser videos of its newest concept fitted with numerous LEDs. The German automaker is back to show off a more “substantial” preview of its latest creation – now complete with a name and a few adjacent sketches, enough to reveal its body style and a few exterior features. Ready to know more about it? Here goes.

We’ve come to know that Audi’s latest creation is called the Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept. However, despite being called a “Sportback,” we’re expecting this concept car to be a crossover-coupe combination. From the photos released by Audi themselves, we can conclude that the E-Tron Sportback Concept isn’t just a typical hatchback like the A3 Sportback as it’s something far better.

As expected (and as depicted in design teaser sketches), the concept is fitted with a set of oversized wheels. Its heavily sloped roofline ending is reminiscent of a coupe but accentuated by an interesting spoiler which features two arches on both sides. The E-Tron Sportback does without the conventional side mirrors (also an expected move), with cameras on its stead, giving the concept car a sleeker look.

Audi’s four-ring logo is stamped on both its front and rear, while the gills of its front bumper are illuminated by more LEDs. The concept has a futuristic appearance, and emphasizing this are its slender, high-tech headlights and its modern taillights that are interconnected in the middle. A full-width red bar on its trunk lid – a new A8 flagship – will also make its appearance on the E-Tron Sportback.

Audi’s current design boss, March Lichte, oversees design for the upcoming models including the E-Tron Concept. It features certain design elements that are expected to make an appearance on upcoming production models.

A few elements found on the E-Tron Sportback Concept – such as the fast back roof, greenhouse, shoulder line and taillight arrangement – are expected to make their appearance on the next-generation A7 which will make its debut in 2018 (and is expected to get an electric option).

Currently, technical specifications of the E-Tron Sportback Concept have yet to be revealed but judging from its name, we’re expecting it to be powered by electricity (of course, it becomes even more futuristic when it’s electric-powered, right?). If it comes as a hybrid or a pure EV has yet to be known but judging by the lack of a visible exhaust tip (based on the teasers), it will probably go the all-electric route.

Details on its powertrain haven’t been released yet but it would most likely have the same system bound to power up the E-Tron SUV – which means that the E-Tron Sportback Concept could possibly have a flat battery back and an electric motor on one (or both) axles. With this, it is expected to deliver more than 300 miles of range.

The Audi E-Tron Sportback will be unveiled on Wednesday at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Stay tuned for the full details, but until then, just sit back and relax.

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