It doesn’t have as much range as a Tesla Model X but then again, it’s not a Tesla, so it’s got that going for it.
If you’re looking for an all-electric crossover that doesn’t have gullwing doors and probably won’t have quality control issues like that EV maker in Palo Alto, Calif, good news! As per Audi in an official unveiling event in San Francisco earlier today (Sept. 17, 2019), they took the wraps on their Model X competitor, the 2019 Audi E-tron SUV.
Priced at $75,000, although it’s not really priced for the average consumer, it’s priced competitively around its other competitors. MSRP for the Tesla Model X is a tad more expensive at $79,500. No coincidence that just a few days earlier, Mercedes threw their hat into the ring with their Mercedes EQC SUV. with slightly less range at just 200 miles.
What sets this Audi apart from its other two competitors at the moment is its understated yet very Audi-like looks. At first glance, it fits right into the Audi lineup quite easily, smack dab in the middle of the Audi Q8 and Q3. Inside, if it wasn’t for the presumably deafening silence you’re bound to experience, you wouldn’t know this was an EV with everything well laid out just like other Audi’s in its lineup.
The real engineering is underneath with one large motor putting power to the rear wheels and a smaller one up front. Total power is estimated at around 355 HP and 414 lb-ft. Summon the E-Tron’s overboost function and you get 402 HP and 490 lb-ft for eight seconds, enough to hit 60 MPH in just 5.5 seconds and an impressive top speed of 124 MPH, exceptional from an all-electric powertrain. Powering the motors is a gigantic 95-kWh battery.
Key to selling this Audi E-Tron will be hyping up Audi’s legendary Quattro AWD system which is standard on this E-Tron. There’s also a torque vectoring in the form of brief brake applications. A five-link independent suspension at each corner is complimented by the inherent 50:50 weight balance of electric cars and a neutral but progressive steering assist.
AC or DC charging is standard with the possibility of 150 kW available at high-speed charging stations. That means 80-percent battery in half an hour, a must have for longer trips.
Audi is accepting preorders with a $1,000 deposit.
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