The big news for Audi at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is the Q4 e-tron Concept, which is a very production-ready electric crossover concept. However, the Q4 isn’t the only electric Audi making waves in Geneva. During the brand’s press conference in Switzerland, the Audi e-tron Sportback also made its first worldwide debut, only wearing some funky camouflage.
We saw something similar with the original Audi e-tron SUV last year, which wore its own funky camouflage at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Now, the e-tron Sportback is doing the same thing, so expect the production version to debut later this year.
This Audi e-tron Sportback is a coupe-like crossover, in the same vein as the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe, just an all-electric one. It looks more handsome than both of those cars, though, at least in its shape. Audi’s new design language seems to work well on coupe-like crossovers, better than BMW’s and Mercedes’ current design languages. It actually sort of looks like a jacked-up Audi A5 Sportback, which is a good thing.
There are some interesting design features here as well. For instance, it packs the same side mirror cameras as the bigger e-tron SUV, a subtle rear diffuser, a small rear decklid lip spoiler and a blacked out grille. At least in its design, Audi seems to be suggesting this will be the sportiest of its electric SUVs. Personally, I really like the design on the tire sidewall, with the “e-tron” logo and the orange stripes. That would be cool on the production car, though doubtful.
Audi’s mum on the specs, though. While barely any official information about what lies under the skin has been released, we do know that it will have 150 kW-capable fast charging. That’s the same as the Audi e-tron SUV, the car we’re seeing in its camouflage is likely a production car, just with its design being hidden from the world.
No power or range figures have been revealed but it could pack more punch than the bigger e-tron SUV. If it’s lighter, which is possible considering the regular e-tron weighs as much as a small moon, it could be faster while having the same overall range.
It seems to be a good looking car and, with its sportier styling, it should attract more customers than the regular e-tron SUV. We’re excited to see what becomes of the Audi e-tron Sportback, especially if it packs more power and the same range.