Audi continues to fulfill its electrification commitment by announcing its e-tron Sportback concept. Audi is also staying true to its reputation for performance by putting a 429 horsepower electric drivetrain, which actually consists of three motors—one in the front and two in the back. A 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides the power for those motors, and can take those motors to a range of 310 miles on a charge. A quick charge option takes only 30 minutes but can add another 200 miles of range. In boost mode, the Sportback can hit 62 miles per hour from zero in just 4.5 seconds.
The Sportback sports 23-inch wheels covered by rear haunches and a configurable lighting signature. Inside, the Sportback has a floating center console with two touchscreens for the control system. One of the more striking features of the Sportback is the lack of exterior mirrors, which were rendered superfluous by the extra cameras that provide a view of the outside of the car, eliminating blind spots. Another eye-catching feature is the grille—or lack of one. Because there isn’t an internal combustion engine, the traditional grille is unnecessary. Audi used that real estate for additional branding. The rear lights of the car will also use animation to more clearly communicate with drivers behind the car, emphasizing braking and turning.
Audi may have abandoned traditional petrol engines, but they have definitely kept true to innovation and luxury with the Sportback.