On Tuesday night, Audi unveiled a new "steep rocket d-pillar" version of all-electric quasi-SUV E-Tron called "Sportback" in front of the Los Angeles Auto Show. When properly fitted, this new E-Tron actually has an aerodynamic advantage over the standard version, and offers a drag coefficient of 0.25 when equipped with the S-line exterior package and the (Europe only) exterior camera package rear . This contributes to approximately 6.2 miles of extra reach on the WLTP test cycle. Neat.
Like the non-Sportback E-Tron sibling, the Sportback is available in 50 Quattro and 55 Quattro versions.
The E-Tron Sportback 50 Quattro offers 230 kW of power output, combined with a maximum torque of 398 lb-ft. Because of this lower power and price point, the 50s settle for about 265 pounds less battery than the more powerful siblings, giving it a range of just 215.6 miles on the WTLP.
The E-Tron Sportback 55 Quattro is the most powerful of the two, putting out 265 kW and 414 kg / ft of torque with an available 300 kW and 490 lb-ft overboost mode. This gives the big machine a 0-62 time of 5.7 seconds. Even with all that extra power take-off, the 55's larger battery pack allows it to reach the 277.1 mile range on the WTLP cycle.
50 can charge up to 120 kW fast chargers and reaches 80% battery in about half an hour. The 55 can achieve exactly the same performance but uses 150 kW DC fast charge.
The trunk is down to 21.7 cubic with the seats up, and 58.4 cubic with the rear seats folded. But don't forget the incredible cavernous 2.1 cubic feet available in the trunk. Ooooooh. Aaaaaaah.
At first glance, it is a bit hard to really tell the difference between E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback. But if you look closely you can see it. It's not exactly a nasty car, but it would look so much better if it was about 5 "lower to the ground and didn't have the awful plastic cover around the wheel openings. Why do people like this?
E-Tron Sportback debuts in Europe next spring with a base price of 71 350 euros. No words on US prices or availability, despite the model being launched in Los Angeles.  Illustration for article with title 2020 Audi E-Tron Sportback Trims Cargo Space For Style ” data-poster-src=”” data-anim-src=”” data-cropped=”false” class=”dv4r5q-1 hEuYft”/>