Audi has released an exterior sketch of the 311-mile-range (500 km) Audi e-tron quattro concept it will unveil at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2015 in Frankfurt next month. (Earlier post.) The sporty SUV study is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform (MLB), which provides considerable scope for the drive system and package. The concept provides an outlook on the brand’s first large-series electric car.
Audi is leveraging its experience with the electrically driven Audi R8 e-tron sports car (earlier post) for the drive system. Three electric motors—one on the front axle and two on the rear axle—drive the Audi e-tron quattro concept.
The large lithium-ion battery pack—comprising modules from either LG Chem or Samsung SDI (earlier post)—is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low center of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution, and gives the car better driving dynamics and driving safety than other vehicles in the segment.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept follows the Audi “Aerosthetics” concept, combining technical measures for reducing aerodynamic drag with creative design solutions. Movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the air flow around the car. The aerodynamically optimized underbody is completely closed. With a cd value of 0.25, the car sets a new record in the SUV segment. This contributes considerably to the long range of more than 500 kilometers.
Its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7. Its typical SUV body and flat, coupe-like cabin give the Audi e-tron quattro concept a very dynamic appearance. The spacious interior offers room for four people.