Audi has been working on an all-electric SUV for some time now. As the brand tries to transition away from the dirty image its diesel scandal brought about, electric cars have been at the forefront of Audi’s priority list. Its first big launch into the world of electrification will be the e-tron Quattro, a fully-electric SUV that will sit above the Q7 as the brand’s flagship SUV. And it’s just been caught testing, while wearing heavy camouflage (we don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here).
The Audi e-tron Quattro should come around 2019 and will likely be the brand’s first fully-electric vehicle. Audi has been a bit slow to adopt electric vehicles but this e-tron Quattro should thrust Audi into the big leagues quickly.
Powered by two electric motors, with one at each axle, the Audi e-tron Quattro will have real-time torque vectoring all-wheel drive. The battery powering these motors should give them about around 300 miles of total range, give or take a few miles.
We don’t have any official horsepower figures just yet but this electric SUV is rumored to get from 0-60 mph in the 4.5 second-range, which is pretty damn quick for such a big SUV. Though, considering the Tesla Model X does a similar sprint, it’s not surprising. What is surprising is the range, as Audi doesn’t have as much experience with batter tech as other manufacturers. So to see Audi coming out with a 300-mile EV SUV on its first shot is impressive.
In these spy photos, this car is wearing a lot of camouflage but still has some visible features. Its headlights are sharp and angular, much like the new Audi A8’s, and the new Singleframe grille is massive. We can also see that it has a low-sloping roofline and a fat C-pillar, reminiscent of the original Audi Quattro.
This should be a handsome SUV when it comes out, as it looks aggressive and dynamic. Which is refreshing, as all electric SUVs, and plug-in hybrid SUVs, look boring and bubbly. This looks sharp and exciting. It should back that up with impressive performance and electric range, as well.