This futuristic-looking ride might hit roads sooner than you think.
As part of the VW Group’s atonement for the Dieselgate scandal, it has pledged to build more EVs in the future. The company already planned to build more EVs in the future, and it has some EVs -- like the 2017 A3 Sportback e-tron -- but its diesel fumble seems to have spurred things along. The Audi e-tron Sportback concept is just one of the vehicles it plans to bring to market in the not-too-distant future.
The company will build a number of vehicles in its all-electric vehicle line called e-tron, and it’s already showed off the e-tron quattro concept in 2015. That vehicle is supposed to hit markets next year, but we haven’t seen or heard much about that model since Audi first showed it off. The e-tron Sportback Audi just showed off at the Shanghai Auto Show should come in production form in 2019.
Whether or not Audi will be able to make these vehicles happen isn’t totally clear. Judging by the completeness of the concepts, it seems that they should be able to, but anything can happen in the interim, and only time will tell if the e-tron quattro and the e-tron Sportback move forward as scheduled.
If the company can make the e-tron Sportback concept on schedule, it should be a real competitor the Tesla Model X. Audi claims the model can travel 311 miles with its liquid cooled 95-kWh lithium-ion battery fully charged.
The e-tron Sportback has three electric motors that create up to 429 hp. The system can also be boosted to 496 hp. That makes it capable of sprinting from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. That’s not as quick as the Tesla Model S’s 2.3-second 0-60 time, but then who really needs to go that fast anyway? We’re glad there will be another luxury EV out there to compete with Tesla’s offerings. We just hope Audi can deliver on its projections.