Audi has been launching new model after new model over the past year or two but not model will be more important than the upcoming Audi e-tron Quattro. Audi’s upcoming pure-electric SUV will be the brand’s first mass-production electric vehicle, so it will be an important milestone for the brand. We’ve seen concepts and renders of the upcoming e-tron Quattro but these new spy photos that have surfaced are the closest thing we’ve seen to the final product yet. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
Its overall shape seems similar to that of the Audi Q8 Sport Concept, which is a good thing. It looks more like an ultra-sporty wagon, rather than an SUV. It’s roofline low, sleek and aggressive looking. We can’t make out a lot of details but what we can see looks good. The rocker panels are quite aggressive and flared out, which looks different can kinda cool. It’s also very low, with little ground clearance, so it probably won’t be a great SUV. But it should be fun to drive, luxurious and very fast.
What’s surprising is how close to the concept this car looks, despite being close to production-ready. So much of the concept’s design seem to be present on this test mule.
Powering the Audi e-tron Quattro will be two electric motors, one at each axle. Total system power output is said to be around 429 hp and the concept was said to get 310 miles of range. Though, that was the concept and based on the fairly generous EU Cycle. So that 310 mile range could certainly change once it gets to production. Still, if it can get anywhere near 250 miles of range, that would be mighty impressive for such a big car and completely quell range anxiety.
From these spy photos, the Audi e-tron Quattro looks quite good and we’re excited to see more of it as its development continues. We also like how aggressive Audi is making it look. Electric cars have a tendency to look efficient, high-tech and modern. This has an aggressive forward stance, a sporty roofline and flared arches. It looks properly sporty and that makes us happy.