Audi unveiled on Tuesday night in Los Angeles e-tron Sportback as the German automaker begins to nail away plans to launch more than 30 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2025.
tron Sportback reveals ahead LA Auto Show follows the launch earlier this year of Audi's first all-electric vehicle, e-tron 2019.
Audi has delivered 18,500 of its all-electric e-tron SUVs globally since March 2019 when the vehicle first came on the market. And the company hopes to reach more and different customers with Sportback.
Audi plans to offer two variants of the vehicle, one Sportback 50 and Sportback 55. Sportback first arrives in Europe in the spring of 2020. Sportback 55 will arrive in the US in the fall of 2020.
Audi calls this email tron Sportback an SUV coupe, the latest proof that car makers are comfortable pushing the boundaries of traditional car terminology. This is not a two-door car with fixed roof and sloping rear, although there are "coupe" elements in the design.
This is actually an SUV with a roof that extends flat across the body and then drops steeply behind – that's where the coupe name comes in – and into the D-pillar of the vehicle. Then there's the classic "Sportback" feature in the body where the lower edge of the side window rises behind.
There are design details repeated on the outside, specifically the four-bar pattern in the headlights, front grille and wheels. And of course, there are special interior and exterior finishes – 13 paint colors in total – and a version of the first edition customers can buy. The basic price of the Sportback is 71,350 ($ 79,000).
But more importantly, besides some styling and design changes, this vehicle has a longer reach and for anyone outside the US, futuristic exterior mirrors and new lighting technology.
2020 The Audi e-tron Sportback has a 86.4-kilowatt-hour battery pack that has a range of up to 446 kilometers (277.1 miles) in the EU's WLTP cycle. The EPA estimates are not yet out, but expect the range figures to be slightly lower.
The company targets an EPA range of about 220 miles over the 204 mile range that the regular e-throne gets.
Audi was able to improve its range by increasing its net battery capacity. It also disconnected the front motor and improved thermal control.
Lighting and mirrors
Audi is known for its lighting, and the company has made this a key feature of Sportback. The vehicle has a new digital matrix headlight that breaks the light down into tiny pixels. The result is precise lighting with high resolution.
Inside the headlight is a digital micro-mirror unit that functions as a video projector. Inside the DMD is a small piece from Texas Instruments containing a million microns. These micro defects can be tilted up to 5000 times per second.
The results: The headlights can project specific patterns on the road or illuminate certain areas more brightly. And for fun, animations like e-tron or Audi logos can be projected on a wall when the vehicle is stopped.
Check out this video to see it in action.
The security piece for this is the most interesting. For example, on a freeway, the light can create a blanket of light that lights up the driver's own lane and dynamically adjusts when changing lanes.
Then there are the virtual side mirrors. This wing-shaped exterior mirror does not have an exterior mirror. Instead, it supports integrated small cameras. The captured images appear on high-contrast OLED screens inside the car between the dashboard and the door.
If the driver moves his finger toward the surface of the touch screen, symbols are enabled that allow the driver to reposition the image. The mirrors can be automatically adjusted to three driving situations for driving, turning and parking on the highway.
Neither the mirrors of digital matrix LED lighting are available in the United States nor will it be until the government changes its federal vehicle safety standards, or FMVSS, which are the regulations that dictate the design, construction, performance and durability of motor vehicles. .