Automotive News is reporting Audi is planning to introduce an all-electric crossover. Scheduled to come out most likely in 2017, the vehicle will act as a direct competitor to the forthcoming Tesla Model X planned to go on sale in the second half of next year. In an interview with Bloomberg at a meeting in Berlin, Audi’s CEO Rupert Stadler said “our engineers are working” on an EV which will comply with the regulations in United States for zero-emission vehicles.
Stadler went on to specify that the car in question is “probably going to be a crossover, development work is still ongoing.” It should be mentioned that a month ago British media reported about a future Audi model to compete with the Tesla Model S so there might actually be not only an all-electric crossover but also a zero-emission sedan as well.
The closest thing so far to an all-electric crossover we have seen from Audi is the TT offroad concept from this year’s Beijing Motor Show. However, that wasn’t a pure electric vehicle as it featured a hybrid powertrain by mixing up a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TFSI with two electric motors. The conventional engine was rated at 292 HP (215 kW) & 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) while the two electric motors packed an extra 115 HP (85 kW) & 270 Nm (199 lb-ft), thus generating a combined output of 408 HP (300 kW) & 650 Nm (479 lb-ft).
Note: Audi offroad concept pictured