Revealed: Technical Details For The Audi E-Tron SUV
German luxury automaker Audi has finally revealed the technical details of the E-Tron SUV ahead of its official launch in August this year. The upcoming E-Tron was shown to the press at a Siemens heavy-duty electrical engineering test centre in Berlin, where the E-Tron was subjected to a symbolic 500kV test to ‘spark’ the car into life. According to the reports, the E-Tron will be badged ‘55’ under Audi’s new badging system, specifically introduced to put combustion-engine, hybrid and BEVs on an even-footing in the model hierarchy.
According to a source from Audi, “We have decided to keep the e-tron name and use it like Quattro. The first of our sporty models was simply named the Audi Quattro. Our first all-electric car will simply be badged Audi e-tron.”
Talking about the technical details, the upcoming Audi E-Tron SUV will come powered by a two-motor powertrain and 95kWh lithium-ion battery. Reports suggest that it is one of the first vehicles in the market to support charging of up to 150kW. The charger is about three times better than the 50kW that can be seen in non-Tesla chargers which means that the passengers will have access to one of those stations on your trip that can charge your vehicle up to 80 percent in just about 30 minutes. Audi claims that the prototype has an estimated driving range of 248.5 miles that is approx. 400kms.
The battery is composed of 36 cell modules, with each one containing a dozen individual flat battery cells. While the integrated liquid cooling ensures that the pack's temperature stays within 25 to 35 degrees Celsius (about 75 to 95 Fahrenheit) to ensure maximal range in all conditions, the shapes claim to offer high density within the volume of the pack. The pack's cooling lines are kept isolated from the cells to prevent commingling of coolant with the battery fluid, in order to create a pack which is less likely to burn in case of a serious accident. Other than that, an aluminum casing around the pack is also offered for an extra layer of protection.;
While the SUV sits on an adapted version of the MLB platform that underpins the Q5 and Q7, power outputs are still under wraps. However, the reports suggest that the concept is claimed to produce 496 bhp of maximum power and 800 Nm of peak torque, along with the 0-100 kmph sprint time of 4.5 seconds. The E-Tron made a public debut of sorts at last month's Geneva Motor Show, with nearly 250 liveried-up development prototypes appearing on the streets. The E-Tron is the first vehicle in Audi's all-out assault on the premium SUV market, with eight new high-riding models due to arrive before the end of the decade. When launched, the SUV will take against the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model X. However, there are no more details revealed by the automaker regarding the E-Tron related to looks, design, features, powertrain, launch and pricing. We’ll have to wait till the German Automaker announces the details. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Audi E-Tron SUV.;
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