Audi has commenced the production of the E-tron SUV at their manufacturing facility in Brussels, Belgium. The car is scheduled to be revealed on 17th September and is likely to feature a number of advanced technologies to stand out. However, Audi has already rolled-out the first ever production- model of the upcoming E-tron from the plant ahead of its official reveal.
Starting from the powertrain, the Audi E-tron will be powered by a dual-motor powertrain using a 95kWh lithium ion battery and capable of 150kW DC fast charging. Claimed as a world first, the SUV will be 30kW more rapid than Tesla's Supercharger network as it can charge the car in just 30 minutes. Apart from this, it will also feature a maximum power output of 408 hp and torque of 664 Nm, enabling it to reach 0 - 100 kmph in less than six seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 200 kmph.
However, given the normal driving conditions, the combined power output of the SUV’s two motors is 355 bhp with torque of 561 Nm, though switching to the boost mode can churn out the power output 407.6 bhp for up to eight seconds.
Another highlight of the upcoming E-tron will be its regenerative braking system that can recuperate up to 30 percent of the vehicle's total range. The car brakes using an electrohydraulic system for quicker responses, thanks to the additional pressure of a hydraulic piston and since there is little delay in getting the brakes applied with full pressure, the company claims that the system can reduce braking distance by up to 20 percent. Audi has claimed that the E-tron can charge fully in 8.5 hours when connected to a 400 V three-phase outlet, though it is yet to reveal times for when the car is attached to a regular 230 V household plug.
Other than the powertrain, the German luxury automaker had revealed the interior of the E-tron SUV earlier showcasing the cameras in the front passenger doors that will enable the world's first 'virtual' exterior mirrors, however this new tech will be offered as an optional feature. It replaces conventional door mirrors and projects digital images onto screens located inside the car, where the front doors meet the dashboard helping to reduce the SUV’s aerodynamic drag coefficient to just 0.28, as claimed by Audi. Allowing a claimed drag coefficient figure that makes it 0.04 more slippery than the smaller Q2 SUV, these more compact exterior cameras combine with active aerodynamics and air suspension can lower the car into its most aerodynamic position when cruising.
Also, to put combustion-engined, hybrid and battery-powered electric vehicles on an even footing in the hierarchy, the Audi E-tron will be badged 55 under Audi’s new naming system. Apart from this, the possibility of Audi Sport-tuned versions of the E-tron has also been raised by the manufacturer. Given that, Audi has opted not to launch its electric cars under a sub-brand as the arch rivals BMW with its ‘i’ models and Mercedes-Benz with the EQ range. Till now, E-tron has only been used as the suffix to the names of the Audi hybrid models and now the automaker will be introducing a whole new SUV with the same moniker. When launched, the Audi E-tron SUV will take against the likes of the Mercedes- Benz EQC electric SUV in the segment. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Audi E-tron SUV.