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Friday 21 July 2017

Automobile

Audi e-tron Sportback electric SUV confirmed for 2019 launch

Friday 23/June/2017 - 01:15 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Amr Mamdouh
Audi has confirmed its electric car plant in Belgium will begin producing a second electric SUV، the e-tron Sportback، in 2019، after the SUV-coupe concept model proved one of the stars of the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. It follows the first Audi electric SUV، the e-tron، which launches next year. MSN reported

Both cars will be upscale، luxurious SUVs: it had been thought the e-tron would be called Audi Q6، until the firm confirmed the e-tron branding.

“A second battery-electric model will lead to optimal capacity utilisation at our plant in Brussels،” said Audi production board member Prf. Dr. Hubert Waltl.

Like the e-tron، the e-tron Sportback will be a large، four-door SUV، albeit one boasting more of a coupe-like profile; think of it as an A7 Sportback SUV. Audi says it will pack a 320kW electric drivetrain – that’s 435hp – and is expected to boast a range of over 300 miles.

Audi won’t stop here، either – a third e-tron model is expected before 2020، and this one will likely be derived from the new Volkswagen Group MEB electric car architecture; it will thus be rather more affordable than the e-tron SUVs.

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