We have to say, it’s hard to believe this day has come!
After enduring what seems like an endless lineup of long range, concept EVs from the VW Group over the past decade; and also some excruciating long press releases to go with them. Audi has announced they are opening customer reservations on the all-electric E-Tron Quattro.
Starting with Audi Norway this Monday morning (April 24), those who want to be first in line for the AWD, 311 miles+ (500 kilometers+) SUV, can put down a 20,000 kroner (approximately $2,900) reservation.
“Simultaneously with the unveiling of the electric Audi E-Tron Sportback concept, Audi Norway plans for an advance reservation solution for the electric full-size SUV Audi E-Tron Quattro. The car is ready for production next year and the Norwegian market is first out with such reservation solution.”
And for those interested, don’t think that the announced 311 miles (500 km) range is some kinda of optimistic NEDC number, as the e-tron quattro comes equipped with a large 95-kWh battery. We still have yet to see the production-intent final design of the E-Tron Quattro, but it is dimensionally sized between the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7. Audi notes the concept gives a “clear indication” of the final delivered product.
Audi has also released some additional performance specs on the E-Tron Quattro concept, saying it has a power output of 435 horsepower (320 kilowatts), but also has a “boost function” that pops the output to 503 hp (370 kW), and torque to over 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) for a short time. The result being 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) runs of 4.6 seconds.
What we know about the Audi e-tron SUV so far:
- all-electric sporty SUV
- long range (more than 310 miles/500 km) on 95 kWh battery
- CCS fast charging with some 150 kW power
- peak power of 503 hp/370 kW
- 0-62 mph (100 kph) in 4.6 seconds
- AWD with three electric motors (two for rear wheels and one for front axle)
- top speed (electronically limited): 121 mph/210 kph
- concept is a clear indication of the final production version
- production in Brussels, Belgium from 2018
- 4.88 meters long, 1.93 meters wide and 1.54 meters high
- luggage area of 615 liters
- battery suppliers LG Chem and/or Samsung SDI