SPIED: Audi e-tron caught in near production-ready form

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We’re eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of the Audi e-tron, the brand’s first-ever all-electric vehicle. That Audi keeps teasing us with new photos and videos isn’t helping, only building hype. Now, some new spy photos have surfaced, showing off the e-tron with almost no camouflage, in near production-ready guise. (We don’t own the photos but they can be seen here)

In these photos, the Audi e-tron is wearing the same sort of camouflage as the pre-production test mules have been caught wearing. It’s the same black and white digital camo with orange accents, only a bit less of it. So the new grille, headlights and lower front fascia are all visible. The taillights are still mostly covered but we can make most of them out, enough to get a good idea of what they’re going to look like.

At the front, the new Singleframe grille features six vertical bars, with many horizontal bars behind them, creating a sort of mesh look. All of which are silver, making it look a bit more high-tech. The headlights are similar to those found on many new Audi products but they look a bit like upside-down Nike “Swooshes”. Down low, there are two triangular-shaped air intakes, like to be used as brake cooling ducts.

The e-tron sits low and looks aggressive, with its low sloping roofline and large black wheels. We like that it looks more like a performance SUV than an electric one. While some car companies are going for the uber-futuristic look (Tesla Model X), the Audi e-tron seems to want to look like a performance SUV that just so happens to be electric. Out back, there seems to be an LED light bar with two OLED taillights flanking either side.

We also notice the small charging port just behind the front passenger wheel well. It’s a little squarish piece that says “e-tron” on it. One of the coolest features, though, is the fact that it reads “e-tron” on the bottom lip of the front grille, just like how Audi Sport cars read “Quattro” in the same spot. It shows that Audi is serious about e-tron shaping the future of the brand, much in the same way Quattro did back in the ’80s.

Electric cars typically don’t tickle our fancy but we’re very much looking forward to the Audi e-tron. We can’t wait until the reveal.