After a late start, Audi has been one of the most aggressive automakers when it comes to electric vehicle development. Over the past year alone, Audi has launched its first fully electric vehicle, announced two more and debuted a handful of concepts for the future. But it’s not done yet. The four-ringed brand is looking to expand its EV lineup with 20 new electric cars by 2025, spearheaded by a compact Audi e-tron hatchback.
According to this new report from Auto Express, a compact Audi e-tron hatchback will be built on the VW Group’s MEB all-electric architecture. It’s the same chassis that will underpin the upcoming Volkswagen ID.3 and it will give Audi an entirely electric platform on which to work.
This upcoming Audi e-tron hatchback, which could be named “eO1”, is said to be around the same size as the Audi A3, just with more interior/cargo space, thanks to its EV chassis. It’s also said to get a larger battery pack than the 45 kWh one said to be used in the ID.3. According to AE, expect 58 kWh and a 77 kWh battery packs as options, with 250 and 320-mile ranges, respectively.
It’s also said that this new Audi e-tron hatchback will get a single electric motor at the rear axle as-standard. That would make it one of the only rear-wheel drive Audis ever sold, with the first being the Audi R8 V10 RWS. However, an additional electric motor will likely be available for the front axle, giving the car all-wheel drive, or “Electric Quattro, as Audi calls it.
The idea of an inexpensive, all-electric Audi e-tron hatchback with an all-wheel drive option is very exciting. While we don’t know how much this compact e-tron will cost, AE claims that it should cost around £30,000 ($36,280). That’s a perfectly reasonable price for an all-electric Audi hatchback and one that we think would actually sell quite well.[Source: Auto Express]