Audi’s Electric Gran Coupe Debuts in Shanghai

Audi has just revealed its second electric concept at Auto Shanghai. The e-tron Sportback is a hint of what the future will hold for Audi, as a road car based on this concept will arrive in 2019.

With 430 hp (and up to 500 hp in boost mode) the e-tron Sportback can get up 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Power is routed to all four wheels, with one motor over the front axle and two over the back axle—a configuration Audi says will make it to production.

With a liquid cooled lithium-ion battery between the axles and under the floor, the e-tron Sportback has a low center of gravity. Another benefit of the setup is that it gives an 52:48 (front:back) weight distribution allowing for great handling.

Electric drivetrain

Despite the performance, the e-tron Sportback is still be able to go 310 miles on a charge (according to the easier European driving cycle) and is bedecked with all the futuristic finery one could hope for inside.

A wide array of touch sensitive screens on the dash, the center console, and even in the door trim allow for gobs of information to be given and Audi has worked on making the controls as simple and intuitive as possible.

Outside, the new e-tron is blessed with Audi’s distinctive sportback styling, as well as an octagonal grille. With little need for air, though, the grille is mostly there to make this fit in with its Audi brethren. Other exterior details include a 23-inch 6-spoke wheels, full LED lights, and wide wheel arches.

Audi e-tron Sportback concept

As mentioned at the top, the road going vehicle based on the e-tron Sportback will arrive in 2019, following the road-going SUV based on the e-tron Quattro concept. Audi expects this concept to be an important vehicle in future, especially in China, where the brand has struggled recently.

“We have made a conscious decision to give the Audi e-tron Sportback its first showing here in Shanghai, because China is the world’s leading market for electric automobiles,” said Dietmar Voggenreiter, marketing and sales chief, in a statement. “We are well equipped for this rapid growth. In the next five years we will be offering five e-tron models in China, including purely battery-powered vehicles with ranges well in excess of 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) such as the Audi e-tron Sportback.”