It’s hard to believe this day has come.
After enduring what seems like an endless lineup of long range, concept EVs from the VW Group over the past decade, as well as some excruciating long press releases to go with them. Audi has announced it is opening customer reservations on the all-electric E-Tron Quattro.
Starting with Audi Norway this past Monday, those who want to be first in line for the all-wheel drive, 500+ kilometre SUV, can put down 20,000 kroner (approx. $4,000 CAD) reservation.
“Simultaneously with the unveiling of the electric Audi E-Tron Sportback concept, Audi Norway plans for an advance reservation solution for the electric full-size SUV Audi E-Tron Quattro. The car is ready for production next year and the Norwegian market is first out with such reservation solution.”
And for those interested, don’t think that the announced 500 km range is some kind of optimistic NEDC number, as the E-Tron Quattro comes equipped with a large 95-kWh battery. We still have yet to see the production-intent final design of the E-Tron Quattro, but it is dimensionally sized between the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7. Audi notes the concept gives a “clear indication” of the final delivered product.
Audi has also released some additional performance specs on the E-Tron Quattro concept, saying it has a power output of 435 horsepower, but also has a “boost function” that pops the output to 503 hp, and torque to over 590 pound-feet for a short time. The result being 0-100 kilometre per hour runs of 4.6 seconds.
What we know about the Audi e-tron SUV so far:
- all-electric sporty SUV
- long range (more than 500 km) on 95 kWh battery
- CCS fast charging with some 150 kW power
- peak power of 503 hp/370 kW
- 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds
- AWD with three electric motors (two for rear wheels and one for front axle)
- top speed (electronically limited): 210 km/h
- concept is a clear indication of the final production version
- production in Brussels, Belgium from 2018
- 4,880 millimetres long, 1,930 mm wide, and 1,540 mm high
- luggage area of 615 litres
- battery suppliers LG Chem and/or Samsung SDI