Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept Is a Production-Bound Electric Crossover Coupe

Audi says it will enter production in 2019.

Audi e-tron Sportback concept
AUDI AG

Audi is set to unveil a new electric SUV-coupe concept at the Shanghai Auto Show this week. The E-Tron Sportback Concept, announced in a press release Tuesday, is a four-door SUV with a body design similar to that of the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe. Unlike those production cars, this concept is powered by a 320-kW electric powertrain that has the ability to charge up to 370kW. 

The concept can manage 310 miles of full-electric range and launch from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds—which, compared to the Tesla Model X P100D's 2.9 seconds, isn't quite as impressive as we might like. The E-Tron Sportback uses one motor in the front and a double motor setup in the rear, and a 95-kWh battery pack to achieve those numbers, according to the press release.

“Our Audi e-tron will be starting out in 2018—the first electric car in its competitive field that is fit for everyday use," said Audi AG chairman Rupert Stadler in the press release. "Following close on its heels, in 2019, comes the production version of the Audi e-tron Sportback—an emotional coupé version that is thrillingly identifiable as an electric car at the very first glance.”

Design-wise, this new concept looks like a bulked-up Audi A7. Big bloated fenders but a sleek roofline contribute to this. Also, there are 23-inch wheels, which are definitely overkill—but remember, it is a concept.