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Into the future electrically:
The Audi e-tron quattro concept

Sporty, efficient and practical for everyday driving: The Audi e-tron quattro concept is a statement about the future of electric mobility. It also offers a tangible outlook on a luxury-class sport SUV that is powered solely by electricity. Highlights: aerodynamically optimised design with Cd figure of 0.25, powerful, all-electric e-tron quattro drive system with up to 370 kW of power and a driving range of over 500 km (310.7 mi).

Electric power with large radius of action

 

Three electric motors – one for the front axle and two for the rear axle – have turned the technology concept car being shown at the 2015 IAA into an electrified quattro. Total power: 320 kW, and in boosting it briefly peaks at a high 370 kW. With over 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque, the Audi e-tron quattro concept sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 4.6 s – and it continues to accelerate quickly its electronically governed top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph).

A prerequisite for dynamic handling: the large lithium-ion battery – with an energy capacity of 95 kWh – is integrated in the floor of the occupant cell. Solar cells in the roof feed electricity directly into the battery. Its range: over 500 km (310.7 mi). The time it takes to reach a full charge with DC power from a 150-kW charging station: around 50 minutes. But it is also possible to charge the battery by AC power, the top method being contactless Audi Wireless Charging with piloted parking.

Aerodynamic exterior design

 

The design of the Audi e-tron quattro concept harmoniously incorporates an all-electric drive system while achieving exceptional aerodynamics. Its silhouette is coupé-like. The glass cabin box is extremely low and it narrows sharply inward toward the rear. A Cd figure of 0.25 sets the new standard in the SUV segment. Another example of intensive development in the wind tunnel: Power extendable aerodynamic elements – on the hood, the sides and rear – are activated at a speed of 80 km/h (49.7 mph). They control the air flow, improving through-flow and flow around the vehicle. Small cameras replace the door mirrors and eliminate the blind spot.

Chassis and piloted driving

For even less air drag, the adaptive sport air suspension lowers the body at higher speeds. The dynamic all-wheel steering system makes the Audi e-tron quattro concept even more agile, and it reacts spontaneously and with stable handling to steering inputs by the driver.

In addition, the concept car already contains all of the technologies that Audi has developed for piloted driving: radar and ultrasonic sensors, video cameras and laser scanners. Utilising the acquired data, the central driver assistance control unit (zFAS) calculates a complete model of the car's surroundings in real-time and passes the required information to all assistance systems and to piloted driving control. All of these technologies are near production readiness.

 

New light signature with OLED: outside and inside

Another highlight: the new e-tron light signature. Beneath the main lighting functions with matrix laser technology at the front end, distinctive signature lighting units with five lighting elements can be made out. Each element combines an LED light with an extremely flat OLED (organic light emitting diode) element.

The rear lights are also made up of two areas, in which nine red OLED units form the rear lamp. All of the interior displays have been conceptualised in cutting-edge technology – including the new Audi virtual cockpit with its curved OLED.

 

 

Spacious interior with deep integration

 

The comfortable, perfectly coordinated interior offers space for four persons and 615 litres (21.7 cu ft) of luggage. It is all immersed in a cool grey that has a tech look – with fine colour hues that transition with colour gradations from top to bottom. The sporty Alcantara on the seat surfaces and door mirrors form a subtle contrast to the soft fine Nappa leather on the head restraints and on the lateral bolsters, back rests and arm rests. The control and display concept – with its extremely thin, precisely-cut OLED films – integrates harmoniously into the interior design to express a light and open ambience.

Progressive control and display concept

 

There are two touch displays to the lower left and lower right of the fully digital instrument cluster. They are also used to control the lights, systems for piloted driving and the media and navigation management system. There are two other displays under the gear selector lever on the middle tunnel console; they are used for drive system status, air conditioning and user-programmable information functions.

The curved displays at the fronts of the doors act as digital outside mirrors. An alternative level of control is offered by the steering wheel with its contoured touch surfaces in the spokes. The Audi e-tron quattro concept is also networked with the internet by state-of-the-art technology that is based on the LTE module and customised services from the Audi connect lineup.