Audi’s new all-electric SUV concept has arrived at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, and boasts an impressive 310 miles of driving range. Intended to target the upcoming Tesla Model X, this luxury crossover will arrive in production form by early 2018, uses a powertrain similar to that in the Audi R8 e-tron, and is positioned in between the Q5 and Q7 models.
Audi says that the e-tron Quattro concept rides on a version of the Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform, and is directly in between the Audi Q5 and Q7 in length. The look is dominated by Audi’s singleframe grille design up front, and creased character lines along the side transition into angular taillights with an LED light bar stretching horizontally across the rear tailgate. The interior seats four passengers and uses a similarly high-tech, button-free interface as the Audi Prologue concept, with interactive display screens galore in the instrument cluster and on the dashboard.
Packaged underneath the passenger compartment, just like in a Tesla, is a lithium-ion battery pack. These batteries provide juice for the three electric motors, two on the rear axle and one in the front, and afford an impressive driving range of 310 miles, which is aided by the impressively low 0.25 drag coefficient. That range number (hypothetically) puts the Tesla Model S 90D’s 270-mile range to shame, and tops the upcoming Model X’s range estimates of around 240 miles as well. Total power for the e-tron Quattro is quoted at 429 hp and up to 590 lb-ft of torque, and temporary boost function can up these figures to 496 hp, making for blistering performance estimates of 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Charging for the e-tron Quattro concept is said to take as little as 50 minutes with a 150-kW DC current.
Expect the eventual production version of this electric Audi SUV to wear a Q6 nameplate when it arrives in 2018.