At the moment, we’re awaiting the arrival of yet another Audi e-tron vehicle, one that will officially make its debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show next month — the e-tron Sportback. It will be the brand’s second pure BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) production car to be revealed in as many years. After that, the e-tron GT will make its debut in 2020, marking three EVs in three years. Now, we’re learning that there will be another, as Audi just recently teased the existence of another electric car in the pipeline.
In this teaser, we get to see the three Audi e-tron vehicles we already know about; the e-tron SUV, e-tron Sportback concept and the e-tron GT concept. However, there’s also another in the background but it’s covered by a sheet, which only barely exposes its grille. So Audi is clearly teasing a fourth EV concept.
There’s no official word on what this Audi e-tron concept car is or will be. Through a few context clues and some rumors, we’re learning that it’s likely going to be some sort of A5 Sportback-type EV sedan. So it will be similar to the e-tron GT, only smaller and likely cheaper. This makes sense and seems accurate, especially judging by this photo.
In the photo, the cryptic Audi e-tron concept seems quite low and sleek, judging by the limited amount of its silhouette that can be seen under its sheet. It also seems to have a similar roofline to the e-tron GT, which would suggest a Sportback-style design. But it also looks a bit smaller than the e-tron GT Concept next to it, so it could be something more aligned with the A5 Sportback, rather than the A7 Sportback.
We expect this new e-tron product to be based on the new PPE all-electric architecture co-developed with Porsche. If that’s the case, it will also be the cheaper alternative to its bigger sibling sitting next to it in this photo. It’s an architecture similar to the MEB platform that underpins the Volkswagen I.D. and an upcoming Audi e-tron hatchback as well. However, PPE will mostly be for rear-wheel drive-based vehicles and will be longer and wider.
We don’t know exactly what this car is or when we’ll find out. However, with the LA Auto Show coming up, it’s possible Audi shows off yet another concept and this could be it.