Audi unveils electric all-wheel drive e-tron SUV

Audi unveiled its new high-end electric $76,000 all-wheel drive e-tron SUV. The e-tron, set to take on Tesla’s Model X, has a 95 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

According to Audi, the five-seater can do the benchmark 0-60 mph sprint in approximately 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph.

The e-tron features “virtual mirrors”, a camera-based system replacing conventional sideview mirrors. The car has 5-inch monitors mounted at each side of the windshield. However, in the US this technology won’t make it until it receives approval from regulators.

Audi e-tron
Static photo, Color: Antigua blue

Audi said in a press release that a key factor for the sporty character and outstanding transverse dynamics is “the low and central position at which the battery system is installed.” This gives the e-tron range that is suitable for driving long distances.

“During far more than 90 percent of all decelerations, the Audi e-tron recovers energy solely via its electric motors,” Audi said.

“The electric SUV taps its maximum recuperation potential in combination with the integrated electrohydraulic brake control system. Audi is the world’s first carmaker to use such a system in an electrically powered series production vehicle.

“The cleverly designed aerodynamics also contribute significantly to its efficiency. One highlight of this concept are the optional virtual exterior mirrors – a worldwide first in a series production model. Not only do they reduce aerodynamic drag, they also take digitalization in the vehicle to a whole new level.”