Audi remains faithful to its electrification strategy by presenting the second 100% electric model in its range. The Audi e-tron Sportback, from which the brand has already accepted orders for the e-tron Sportback since the end of 2019, is a dynamic SUV coupe that offers up to 408 HP of power and a range of up to 446 kilometers (depending on the WLTP cycle) with a single battery charge.
Specifically, the Audi e-tron Sportback combines the power of a spacious SUV with the elegance of a four-door coupe and the progressive character of an electric vehicle. Its roof extends almost flat over the muscular bodywork and descends in a very marked way in its rear area until it is integrated into visibly inclined D pillars. The bottom edge of the third side window rises at its end, a typical feature of Sportback models. Elements such as the octagonal Singleframe grille, the pronounced wheel arches or the statuesque rear make the Audi e-tron Sportback clearly respond to the brand’s design language.
On the other hand, certain details indicate that it is a purely electric model. As an example it is worth highlighting the grill, with vertical bars and largely closed, which is painted in light platinum gray, a very specific identifying feature of the e-tron models. The Matrix LED headlights also speak of the electrification of this model, with its four horizontal segments that create a specific signature in the daytime running lights. What’s more, the logo on the charging cover features the striking high-voltage orange color.
The Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro allows the driver to live the experience of combining efficiency and performance with the greatest smooth running. Each axis is equipped with an asynchronous electric motor powered by three-phase current from the power electronics. With a total power of 360 hp and 561 Nm of torque, the two electric motors give the SUV coupe a great capacity for acceleration from a standstill, completely silent and without harmful emissions. By changing the selector from D to S and pressing the accelerator pedal fully, the driver activates the boost mode. At this time, the system generates 408 HP of power and 664 Nm of torque for eight seconds. This allows the new Audi to cover acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in just 5.7 seconds.
Audi also offers the fully electric SUV coupe with a second engine variant. The e-tron Sportback 50 quattro generates 313 HP of power and 540 Nm of torque; And it can cover distances of up to 347 kilometers on a full charge, based on the WLTP cycle. The Audi e-tron Sportback 50 quattro accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190 km / h.
Continue the route in just 30 minutes
The battery of the Audi e-tron Sportback 55 quattro has a total capacity of 95 kW and can achieve up to 30% of its autonomy through recovery. On long distances it can be charged with direct current (DC) of up to 150 kW at fast charging stations. In just under half an hour, the battery reaches 80% of its capacity, enough to continue the trip and be able to travel a long distance. The Audi e-tron Sportback 50 quattro, meanwhile, supports loads of up to 120 kW and achieves 80% of its battery capacity at exactly the same time.
Charging at public alternating current (AC) stations can be done using a standard cable (Mode 3). In this case, up to 11 kW of power is available, which can go up to 22 kW with an optional second on-board charging device, which will be available later this year. The Audi charging service, called the e-tron Charging Service, provides easy access to more than 140,000 public charging points in 24 European countries, a number that is on the rise. Whether with alternating or direct current, and with powers of 11 or 150 kW, a single card is all that is required to start the process.
Audi offers a range of solutions for charging in the home garage, depending on the capacity of the power supply. The standard compact charging system is valid for a 230 volt connection and for a 400 volt three phase socket with a power of up to 11 kW. There will also be an optional charging system, which can be purchased when the car reaches the market. The latter offers smart features, for example, scheduling the charge during times when rates are cheapest. When combined with a home energy management system, the vehicle can even charge its battery with solar energy, provided the home is equipped with a photovoltaic system.
Form and function go hand in hand
When it comes to the interior, the Audi e-tron Sportback offers plenty of room for five occupants and their luggage. The headroom in the rear seats is only 20 millimeters less than in the Audi e-tron. A great advantage in the rear row is that the leg surface is practically flat in its entirety, since there is hardly a small step left in the place of the central tunnel. Including the cargo compartment under the 60-liter front hood, which houses the vehicle’s tool kit and charging cable, the total capacity of its trunks is 615 liters. This volume increases to 1,665 liters if the rear seats are folded down. The tailgate has an electrical opening and closing system, which can be activated by optional foot movement.
The interior of the Audi e-tron Sportback is an elegant relaxation area that perfectly combines design and technology. A large door-to-door arch spanning the instrument panel and dashboard harmoniously integrates the cover of the Audi virtual cockpit digital instrumentation. Its elegant screen seems to be freely suspended in the air. The door panels integrate the monitors of the optional virtual rear view mirrors. The center console, with its two touch screens, leans towards the driver, making it particularly ergonomic. The upper display, when deactivated, seems to blend almost invisibly into its large black panel frame. The open side walls in the center tunnel console enhance the feeling of lightness.
It should be noted that, in addition to the operation with the two touch screens, the driver can activate a series of functions through voice control with natural language recognition. The system understands everyday expressions and allows you to make search queries. The dialog manager asks questions if necessary, supports corrections, offers various options, and also lets the user interrupt you. For its correct operation, access the information stored in the vehicle and in the cloud.
Guarantee of safety in the city and long trips
The driver assistance systems that Audi offers in the e-tron Sportback help the user and reduce his workload in many situations. The Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front safety systems are part of the standard equipment. The City option package is especially focused on urban traffic and includes the Crossing Assistant and Cross Traffic Alert, as well as the Lane Departure Assistant and the Exit Warning. The Audi pre sense 360 °, which is the combination of the Audi pre sense front, rear and side, is also included. This system detects risks of collision and initiates specific protection measures, from full braking to tensioning of the seat belts.
The highlights of the Tour package are the Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which improves longitudinal and lateral control, and the Efficiency Assistant. The latter uses data from sensors, the navigation system and Car-to-X services to recommend that the driver take his foot off the gas. Combined with Adaptive Cruise Assistant and Traffic Sign Recognition, the Efficiency Assistant can also make the SUV coupe accelerate and brake predictively. Turn assist, anti-collision and emergency functions are included in the Tour package. Audi also offers the parking assistant, the night vision assistant and the 360 ° cameras, which allow the driver to see the car from multiple points of view. .