In another attempt to give Tesla a run for the money, Audi has unveiled their second all-electric model called the Audi e-tron Sportback. Its size and proportions are close to that of the Audi A7, and it is one of five e-tron models to be introduced in the next five years.
There will be three electric motors for propulsion, one on the front axle and two on the rear, effectively making it a quattro (all-wheel drive). With a humongous 95kW-hour battery pack, Audi claims the Sportback will cover a distance of 500km, if not more. The battery is also purposely positioned to yield a 52:48 weight distribution.
In terms of outright power, the trio of electric motors deliver a combined output of 429 horsepower, while an overboost function brings this up to 496 hp. That’s good enough for a century sprint time of 4.5 seconds, all in utter silence!
But of all places in the world, why is Audi launching the e-tron Sportback concept in Shanghai, China? That’s because China is the world’s leading market for electric cars, both in terms of sheer sales and charging infrastructure. The country has over 150,000 charging stations scattered over, with another 100,000 due by the end of this year.
Audi said the production version of this e-tron Sportback will arrive as soon as 2019, bringing with it a generous host of next-gen design and technology. As a pioneering brand in automotive lighting, expect no less than a bedazzling product. The question now is, will it come to Malaysia?