Audi presents electric SUV e-tron in San Francisco

21 September, 2018, 05:35 | Author: Billie Castillo
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Audi's new e-tron, which hits the market next spring, has been heralded as a game changer by leaders of the German automaker.

The auto is slighter larger in size than the Q5 model but less than the Q7.

The new five-seater electric SUV offers a large 660-litres boot space. The e-Tron SUV gets a range of 400km on a single charge (WLTP Cycle) with a top speed of 200kmph.

Intel performed its first-ever combined indoor and outdoor Intel drone light show in collaboration with Audi for the world debut of its all-electric SUV-the Audi e-tron. Headlights are full LEDs and include four horizontal bars meant to look like a charging status indicator.

In Europe, the E-Tron won't have traditional side mirrors.

There's a continuous shoulder line extending from the headlights to the tail-lights, accompanied by numerous character lines along the bonnet and fenders that give the e-tron quattro a wide, muscular stance.

Audi just became the latest carmaker to integrate Amazon's digital brain Alexa into its vehicles. The US range is split between Premium Plus, Prestige ($81,800), and First Edition ($86,700).

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Audi officials said they do not have official range estimates for the e-tron SUV under USA testing procedures. Audi didn't specify US range, but the size of the battery would suggest something north of 200 miles.

But Audi's parent, Volkswagen AG, has laid out what may be the industry's most aggressive push into electric drive technology, with at least 50 battery-electric vehicles set to come to market by 2025.

Reportedly, for charging the EV at home, Amazon has agreed to provide customers with Audi's Home Charging, with up front pricing and installation of a charging pump in the owner's house. Audi also said owners will receive 1,000 kwh of charging at Electrify America sites over four years of ownership to further sweeten the deal. Audi has released the power specification of this electric SUV as of yet. Performance specs weren't given, but the e-tron should have about 400 horsepower and almost 500 lb-ft of torque. It will be able to tow as much as 4,000 pounds.

In the name of efficiency, the e-tron will operate in two-wheel drive under most driving conditions.

Audi also is partnering with Arcadia Power, e-tron customers offered the opportunity to sign up with the renewable energy provider to provide more power to the grid. A brake-based torque vectoring system is also used to improve handling. Steering-wheel paddles also let the driver specify the amount of regeneration, allowing near-one-pedal operation in the most aggressive setting. The system automatically lowers at higher speeds to improve efficiency and can be raised 2-inches higher than standard when switched to off-road mode. The entry-level version is dubbed as Premium Plus and is priced from $74,800.

Interior comfort and convenience features include pre-conditioning of the air-conditioning, panoramic moonroof, Virtual Cockpit, driver assistance package, head-up display, and Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker sound system.

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