Audi's first all-electric SUV looks very promising

It's called the e-tron
by Drei Laurel | Sep 18, 2018
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Another carmaker has taken the leap into fully-electric cars, which can be seen as another nail in the coffin of conventionally powered vehicles. This time, it's Audi with the e-tron full-size SUV. The Four Rings' latest offering has just been revealed in San Francisco, and if the future is an electric one, at least it's looking bright.

The e-tron (perhaps the most sci-fi-worthy moniker out there) is being pegged by the carmaker as a sporty hauler that's suitable for everyday use—which basically sounds like everything else on four wheels coming out these days. So what sets it apart?

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For starters, just look at the aesthetics. It's distinctly Audi, but with just enough futuristic design cues to say "hey, I'm all-electric" and compete with the likes of the Tesla Model X, and pretty much any other electric/hybrid SUV out there.

In sky blue, it looks largely similar to the recently revealed Q3. There's slightly less going on up front though with a minimalist fascia down low and a more intricate, more premium-looking grille with silver accents. The fenders are more subdued, though the muscular line on the sides and large five-spoke wheel design provide it with a macho demeanor. Oh, and just like Lexus, Audi's equipped the e-tron with side cameras instead of mirrors for better aerodynamics and convenience.

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The edgy/futuristic design carries over to the interior, where you'll be greeted by two large screens (a 10.1-inch and 8.6-inch) front and center. These displays will handle everything from infotainment and A/C controls, to in-car WiFi, navigation and charging settings. Occupants will be enveloped in a bevy of lines and angles, as well as premium elements like Valcona leather seats and natural wood inlays. And with a quiet, electric powertrain doing all the propelling, passengers can enjoy the Bang & Olufsen 3D sound setup to its fullest.

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And speaking of the powertrain, let's take a look at the numbers: Two electric motors, 0-97kph in 5.5 seconds, and a top speed of 200kph. The e-tron also features a "recuperation system" that is responsible for 30% of the vehicle's range, recovering it either by coasting or depressing the brakes. Next-generation Quattro electric all-wheel drive will come as standard, and it's equipped with several driving modes and a suspension that adjusts ride height depending on driving style.

So, which manufacturer will make the big jump next? Only time will tell. But if the Audi e-tron is any indication of where we're headed, then we're excited. Would you mind shifting over to electric vehicles in the near future?

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