2019 Audi e-tron Sportback Review May 3, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Audi e-tron is the automaker’s plug-in hybrid that is ready to tackle the road, and it shows just how far the world has come. The automaker has released a series of e-tron concept cars and the mass production Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid. The e-tron takes electronic mobility to the next level with innovative technology, electrifying designs, and more. Following the e-tron hybrids and the electric quattro, Audi plans to release an electric e-tron Sportback, which they debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show in 2019.
With the e-tron, Audi aims to deliver the sleek styling you expect from one of their vehicles but in an electric model. The e-tron Sportback concept has athletic lines, a tapering rear end, and expansive panels. There are even virtual side mirrors and illuminated rings. The headlights feature digital animation to give you clearer lighting and even project information right onto the road to improve the safety of pedestrians.
The interior feels like a combination of the minimalist luxury of the A3 and more aggressive concept styling that may not make it into the production model. On the previous hybrid model, there was a small information display by the gauge giving you information regarding how much electricity and gas you’ve used and your range calculations and power meter to help you keep track of the plug-in hybrid system. Inside the new cabin on the concept, there are two main displays, a gauge screen, and more touch-sensitive screens below the central display and in the door trims. The minimalist design of the dashboard eliminates confusion associated with having too many buttons, and the infotainment system is intuitive to use. Compared to other plug-in hybrids, the cargo area of the e-tron is competitive, but the battery pack does reduce cargo room compared to regular A3 models. It remains to be seen whether or not the all-electric model has a similar tradeoff.
Power and Efficiency
The new e-tron Sportback concept is also incredibly impressive, with a 320 kW motor and a “boost mode” that unlocks a power capacity of 370 kW. This takes the car from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 4.5 seconds. It also has a 95 kWh battery pack with an electric range of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles). The vehicle will also be offered with optional extra motors for all-wheel drive, like the e-tron quattro. In the future, charging the e-tron may be even easier than it is now. The Audi wireless charging system the automaker is working on would let you park on an induction plate within the ground and let it charge automatically, no cables needed. The first Audi e-tron SUV arrives in 2018 followed by their prestigious concept coupé in 2019.