The 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show was a big deal for the four-ringed brand. Audi showed off two all-new vehicles; the Audi AI:TRAIL and the RS7 Sportback; along with the recently revealed and fan-favorite RS6 Avant. However, there was also a very brief appearance by another upcoming model — the Audi e-tron Sportback.
Audi has yet to properly reveal the e-tron Sportback, only giving us teasers of it in camouflage. However, for eagle-eyed attendees, the Audi e-tron Sportback made a blink-or-you’ll-miss-it debut in Frankfurt.
What’s interesting is that Audi didn’t even bother to disguise the car with camouflage. Instead, it was just brought out on stage with the rest of the e-tron models on display and a wild light show sort of hid its design from cameras. Or at least Audi tried to hide it with a light show.
Engadget was able to snag a glimpse of the new Audi e-tron Sportback in the midst of the manufactured confusion. Thankfully, it’s a good one. In their photo, we can see almost all of the e-tron Sportback and it looks almost exactly as we expected it to.
Its face is all Audi e-tron, looking almost exactly like its normal SUV sibling, though it does look a bit sportier. Its lower front fascia features more aggressive “intakes” and sportier styling. From the A-pillar backward, the e-tron Sportback is sleeker and sportier, with its tapered roofline and coupe-like styling. Though, that’s about the most we’re going to see of it until its official debut at the LA Auto Show in November.
While Audi is mum on official specs, expect the Sportback to be mechanically quite similar to the standard e-tron. So a 95 kWh battery is likely, along with its massive curb weight, and a 200 mile-ish range is also to be expected. It should also have the same power and performance.
We’ll officially find out what it’s like in November but it’s fun to see the e-tron Sportback’s little cameo appearance in Frankfurt.