Audi is focusing heavily on new SUVs. With the Audi Sport brand working on more RS-branded SUVs and the new Audi Q8 on the way, the folks in Ingolstadt are proving their commitment to the crossover. But it’s not just SUVs that Audi is committed to developing, as it’s also looking to increase its number of electrified vehicles. One such upcoming car will combine both ideas — the Audi e-tron Quattro.
It’s sort of ironic that the first major electrified car to come from Audi is also the same sort of vehicle that EV fans hate, SUVs. Though, the Audi e-tron Quattro has been in the works for some time, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise. What may be a surprise, though, is the timeframe for when we might see the e-tron Quattro.
According to Auto Express, the Audi e-tron Quattro will be debuting this Autumn. That’s pretty soon for a car that we’ve seen very little of, aside from concepts.
The Audi e-tron Quattro will be based on a modified version of the brand’s MLB-Evo II platform, the same one that underpins the upcoming Audi Q8. It will be modified to it an all-electric powertrain, as the e-tron Quattro will be a pure BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle).
There are no official specs for this EV SUV, but Audi has previously claimed that it will have two electric motors that combine to make 496 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Audi has also claimed a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a total electric range of around 311 miles (500 km). If those claims prove true, the Audi e-tron Quattro will be a bit behind the Tesla Model X, in terms of power and performance, but be ahead in terms of range.
When it eventually debuts, the e-tron Quattro will have to take on not only the Model X but the upcoming BMW X3 Electric as well.