Audi has taken the veil off their fully electric E-Tron SUV. It is the first model in their fleet of many more electric vehicles to come in coming years. Audi E-Tron SUV is said to be its first fully electric production model. Unfortunately, they are forgetting about the Audi R8 E-Tron. Nonetheless, E-Tron SUV is German marque’s first mass-produced EV and will rival its compatriot Mercedes-Benz EQC and Tesla Model X. Power in the Audi E-Tron SUV is derived from two asynchronous motors with the help of generous 95 kWh battery pack. Audi has released the power specification of this electric SUV as of yet. Audi has introduced electric all-wheel drive on this SUV.
Audi claims that E-Tron SUV is able to accelerate 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds before reaching the top speed of 124mph. Electric motors included in it is much more than performance. Audi has developed an innovative recuperation system through which electric motors manages to recuperate energy when the driver lifts the foot of the pedal and when brake pedal is depressed. This innovative recuperation system is responsible for 30 percent of SUV’s range depending on driving condition. With respect to the range, official press release failed to disclose how much it can cover in a single charge. Nevertheless, reports suggest that it could be around 250 miles. Audi E-Tron SUV uses advanced torque vectoring along with innovative traction control system that helps in regulating wheel slip by milliseconds.
In first for the industry, 95kWH battery pack supports DC fast charging up to 150kW at several high-charging stations. With these stations, vehicle can charge 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. Volkswagen Group’s Electrify America network of charging stations will include about 500 stations by the year 2019. In US, Audi E-Tron will be available in three variants. The entry-level version is dubbed as Premium Plus and is priced from $74,800. Next one in the range is Prestige that comes with additional features like head-up display, Driver Assistance package, rear window sunshades, Valcona Leather, and memory settings for the front passenger seat. It is priced from $81,800. Range topping version is First Edition, it starts from $86,700. It has same features as Premium Plus and Prestige. But add several features. These features include bespoke 21-inch wheels, Dynamic orange paint brake calipers, wooden inlays throughout the cabin, Night Vision Assistant. Only 999 units of Audi E-Tron SUV First Edition will be available in US.