Glimpse at future production models
Electric driving at Audi means driving pleasure, not compromise. The brand is demonstrating this with the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany. The sporty SUV provide a glimpse at the brand’s first volume production electric car.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept has been designed from the ground up as an electric car, and one look is all it takes to realize that it is trendsetting in its segment. It follows the Audi “Aerosthetics” concept, which combines technical measures to reduce drag with creative design solutions. Moveable aerodynamics elements at the front, on the flanks and in the rear improve the flow of air around the car. The aerodynamically-optimised floor pan is completely enclosed. With a drag coefficient of 0.25, the car sets a new top mark in the SUV segment. This contributes to the high range of more than 500 kilometres.
The study is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, which provides a high degree of freedom with respect to the drive train and package. Its length places it between the Audi Q5 and the Q7. With its SUV-typical body and the flat, coupé-like cabin, the Audi e-tron quattro concept makes a very dynamic impression. The generous cabin offers room for four.
The large lithium-ion battery is located between the axles and beneath the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low centre of gravity and balanced axle load distribution. That gives the car superior road behaviour and driving safety relative to the segment.
Audi has applied its experience with the electric-powered Audi R8 e-tron sports car to the drivetrain. Three electric motors – one on the front axle, two on the rear axle – drive the Audi e-tron quattro concept. This makes it an electrified quattro – an e-tron quattro – as efficient as it is dynamic.