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Audi e-tron Sportback to officially debut at 2019 LA Auto Show

We’re just finishing up digesting all of the news from the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show but that doesn’t mean we aren’t getting ready for another big show and more big debuts. Frankfurt had some good ones, such as the Audi RS7 Sportback and the ruggedly awesome AI:TRAIL. However, the upcoming LA Auto Show will be pretty exciting as well, with the debut of the Audi e-tron Sportback.

In Frankfurt, Audi quietly teased the e-tron Sportback on stage and it didn’t make as much of a splash as it probably should have. It will in LA, though, as the brand is officially debuting its coupe-version of the current e-tron SUV.

It actually makes quite a bit of sense to debut the Audi e-tron Sportback at the LA Auto Show. The US market is probably the largest for coupe-like SUVs, as we’re both obsessed with large vehicles and showing off. And LA being LA, it makes sense to a debut a vehicle whose style takes priority over its functionality.

Audi e-tron Sportback prototype
Audi Q4 e-tron concept

When it finally makes its debut, the e-tron Sportback should be the current e-tron’s mechanical twin. Underneath the skin, the e-tron Sportback will likely have the same battery pack and electric powertrain, giving it about a range of 204 miles and maximum 402 hp/490 lb-ft of torque. It could be a bit lighter, due to its slightly smaller size but the difference in weight will likely be insignificant. Any reduction in weight could improve range and performance, though, so we’re hoping it is quite a bit lighter than the tank-like e-tron SUV.

What we’re really interested to see is if it’s been designed to be any sportier. Considering its sportier look, we’re wondering if the Audi e-tron Sportback also gets a bit of a sportier feel. That would be a welcome addition, as the normal e-tron SUV is a great luxury car but it’s quite uninteresting to drive quickly. If it is sportier, the Audi e-tron Sportback will be much more of a competitor for the Jaguar I-Pace than the current e-tron SUV and that will be very exciting.

We’ll find out in LA this November. Stay tuned.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.