Right now, the most important car for Audi is the upcoming e-tron SUV. The Audi e-tron is the brand’s first-ever fully electric car, so it has to be damn good. And from the looks of things, it’s shaping up to be. While most journalists haven’t even seen the e-tron in person, never mind having driven it, this new video from Autogefühl shows us both.
First, we get a look at the outside of the new Audi e-tron. Though the model we get to see is a prototype and not a final production car, it’s almost 100-percent accurate to the final production car. It is camouflaged, with the same black, white and orange paintwork we’ve seen on it before, but we can still make out most of the details. At least the important ones, anyway.
For instance, the new Singleframe grille is octagonal, rather than hexagonal, which makes it look a bit more high-tech. Its headlights are angry looking, and feature Matrix lighting, and its side mirrors aren’t actually mirrors at all. Instead, they’re little cameras (more on that in a bit). It looks very similar to the Audi Q8 but it looks better, we think. It looks more aggressive and less bulbous.
At the rear, it features an LED light bar, similar to that of the Audi A8 and A7. And, the Audi e-tron is the only acceptable car in all of Audi’s lineup to not have real exhaust tips. That’s because it’s electric and has no engine, therefore it has no exhaust. Admittedly, there aren’t even fake ones there, as there are on so many Audi models, but there are little diagonal lines where they normally would be.
This video also shows us through the interior of the new Audi e-tron. So we get to see some of its oddities, like the all-new Virtual Cockpit, which features graphics specific to the e-tron, the new shift lever and the side cameras. The shift lever is a bit strange, as to use it you have to sort of place your hand on the palm rest and operate a little swing arm with your fingers and thumb. It seems a bit like the answer to a problem no one asked. The side camera mirrors are very weird, though, as it replaces side mirrors with cameras that display onto little screens on the interior door panels. It’s very strange and will likely take a lot of time to get used to but we’re excited to try it.
So Autogefühl didn’t actually get to drive the e-tron but they did get a ride-along. On the move, it seems very quiet and luxurious, which is impressive. It’s unfortunate that we don’t get to learn about its driving impressions but this is the closest we’ll see for a long time.