Audi Goes Official With New E-Tron Quattro Concept In Frankfurt

Audi gave us a sneak peak at its new E-Tron Quattro concept last month, and now the all-electric crossover has made its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, with Audi disclosing full details and specs for the design and engineering study.

The E-Tron Quattro, which Audi says is a ‘foretaste’ of the production version set to arrive in 2018, is powered by three electric motors: one on the front axle and two on the back. Combined, they produce 429 horsepower, however a temporary boost function can be enabled for a total of 496 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. This results in a low 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds, while top speed sits electronically limited at 130 mph.

Sending juice to the trio of electric power units is a large 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack integrated into the floor of the passenger compartment. The battery provides an ample 310 miles of range and can be charged from flat to full in around 50 minutes from a 150 kW charging post. The E-Tron Quattro concept also features Audi’s Wireless Charging tech and the industry’s largest solar panel array on the roof for additional electricity when needed.

The exterior of the E-Ton Quattro represents what we should expect from all future E-Tron Audi models. Active aero flaps are used on the hood, flanks and rear of the car to direct and optimize the flow of air around the vehicle as it moves, which along with the slippery-looking front end and strongly tapered windshield contribute to a segment-best drag coefficient of 0.25, Audi says. Cameras have also been used in place of traditional wing mirrors, another element which contributes to aerodynamic efficiency and is a foretaste of future Audi design.

Audi has utilized VW Group’s now commonplace MLB platform in the E-Tron Quattro, however the version used is said to be the same to be employed in the next-generation Q5 mid-size SUV. The vehicle itself is 16-feet long, 6.3-feet wide and 5.1-feet high, compared to the current Q5’s dimensions which sit at 15.2-feet, 6.2-feet and 5.4-feet, respectively. A five-link suspension design has also been used, which works alongside an electric self-leveling two-stage  suspension system.

Inside the E-Tron Quattro provides seating for four passengers and borrows heavily design-wise from the Audi Prologue series of concepts. Audi’s virtual cockpit display is present, along with three OLED displays up front and two on the center console that can be used by back seat passengers. Audi says max luggage capacity is 615 liters, 205 liters less than the current Q5 and 350 liters less than the Q7.

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