Right now, the Audi e-tron is the brand’s most important car. It’s the first ever all-electric Audi and the car that’s going to debut some of the brand’s latest and greatest technology. Now, we’ve already basically seen the exterior of the car. Even though it’s been covered in camouflage, the e-tron’s body shape and most of its styling cues are pretty easily visible. That’s not news, though. What is news is its interior, which packs some of the most interesting tech in the business. In this latest video from Auditography, we get to see some of that in action.
The big story about the Audi e-tron at the moment is its use of cameras for side mirrors. So rather than having traditional side mirrors, the e-tron is equipped with little cameras that display their view onto touchscreens built into the interior door panel. So the driver can see what the camera sees but also move the view point around a bit using the little screen’s touch capability. It’s pretty cool and it seems to work quite well in this video. Though, we’ll wait until we can use it in person to make any final judgement on that.
Another interesting bit of tech is the e-tron’s new Virtual Cockpit screen, which seems unique to it. In its normal mode, it’s similar to many Audi RS models’ version of it, with a center-positioned gauge and two sub-screens flanking it. However, it differs here, as that center gauge displays speed, battery usage and range, rather than rpm and gear. On the left of that center dial is the navigation screen, which can fill the entirety of the Virtual Cockpit, like on all other Audis.
This video even shows off a new feature that we haven’t even heard about yet. Rather than having to press the charge port door open like a peasant, the Audi e-tron will open it for you. So the little door for the charge port is motorized and opens and closes on its own. There seems to be a button right next to it that will control it and it can likely be controlled from inside the car as well. It’s very cool.
We can’t wait to see the Audi e-tron in person and play with all of these fun new gadgets. The new side cameras, new MMI and Virtual Cockpit and the motorized charge door all seem like very fun gizmos to test out. They’re all for naught, though, if the car isn’t any good. So we look forward to testing that even more.