She had made a short and mysterious guest star appearance on the Audi stand at the last Frankfurt Motor Show. Then we had the chance to approach a pre-series version in Munich a few weeks ago. She is now official, following her preview of the Los Angeles Autoshow which opens Friday.
The Audi e-tron Sportback is therefore the second 100% electric model of Audi, after the SUV e-tron released this summer and before the e-tron GT which will arrive in autumn 2020, then the Q4 a little more later.
Not surprisingly, the e-tron Sportback is a "coupe" version of the current SUV. This large five-door, 4.90-meter vehicle is in line with the SUVs we already know with the BMW X4, Porsche Cayenne Coupé, or more recently, the future Ford Mustang Mach-E. The e-tron Sportback will be built on the same platform and the same Brussels production site as the Audi e-tron SUV.
But on the occasion of this presentation, Audi had a little surprise in the register of technology: the Audi e-tron Sportback is equipped with innovative Digital Matrix headlights installed for the first time on a production vehicle. These can illuminate the path in front of the car with unprecedented accuracy thanks to a million micromirrors. Their light is broken down into small pixels and can be controlled with exceptional accuracy. An exclusive technology that facilitates the safe centering of tracks on narrow sections of road and indicates the position of the vehicle in the track.
An SUV cut in the air of time
Optional virtual exterior mirrors, whose wing-shaped brackets incorporate small cameras, are another factor of efficiency. Captured images appear on high-contrast OLED displays in the transition between the dashboard and the door. If the driver moves his finger towards the surface of the touch screen, symbols are activated with which he can reposition the image. In addition, the mirrors automatically adapt to three driving situations: On the highway as well as cornering and parking maneuvers, they offer optimal visibility for each scenario.
On the motor side, the e-tron Sportback offers up to 300 kW of power and a range of 446 kilometers in the WLTP cycle from a single battery charge with a combined power consumption of 21.6 kWh / 100 km WLTP.
Each axle is equipped with an asynchronous electric motor powered by three-phase power electronics. The stopped start is not dazzling since it takes the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro 6.6 seconds to reach 100 km / h, with a top speed electronically limited to 200 km / h. By switching from driving range D to S and depressing the accelerator pedal fully, the driver can activate the boost mode. Here, the drive generates 300 kW of power and 664 Nm of torque for eight seconds. This allows the SUV coupe to sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds.
The Audi e-tron Sportback will be available for order at the end of November. The introduction to the European market is scheduled for spring 2020.