Though it hasn’t introduced plans to surrender inside combustion engines utterly, the long run is unquestionably an electrical one for Audi. In February, the corporate revealed its third battery electrical car, the e-tron GT, which joins the e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs in dealerships this summer time. And following the svelte e-tron GT by 12 months’s finish is a pair of smaller, extra reasonably priced crossovers, known as the This autumn e-tron and This autumn Sportback e-tron, unveiled on-line on Wednesday. (And if that is not sufficient, we’ve got some information on Audi’s different new BEV platform, however we will not let you know about that till subsequent week.)
Because the title suggests, the This autumn suits in between the model’s Q3 and Q5 crossovers. Based mostly on its exterior dimensions, it is solely barely smaller than the Q5, though the advantages of a bespoke BEV platform make for a way more voluminous inside, significantly for these within the again.
If the This autumn seems to be considerably acquainted—a bit like a Volkswagen ID.4, perhaps—do not be alarmed. That is as a result of it makes use of a brand new devoted BEV structure shared with VW, known as MEB (Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten or Modular Electrification Toolkit). Due to this fact, lots of the This autumn e-tron and This autumn Sportback e-tron technical specs could come as no shock.
Three completely different Q4s
Right here within the US, we will get three completely different variations of the This autumn household, all of which use the identical 77 kWh (useable, 82 kWh internet) lithium-ion battery pack. The This autumn 40 e-tron has a single 150 kW (201 hp), 310 Nm (229 lb-ft) everlasting magnet electrical motor driving the rear axle, whereas the This autumn 50 e-tron quattro and This autumn Sportback 50 e-tron quattro complement this with an on-demand 80 kW (109 hp), 162 Nm (119 lb-ft) asynchronous motor for the entrance axle, with a mixed output of 220 kW (299 hp) and 460 Nm (339 lb-ft). As with the ID.4, DC quick charging is at as much as 125 kW.
The This autumn even shares its drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.28 with the ID.4. Audi supplied some attention-grabbing figures on how numerous design components contributed to the This autumn’s WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Gentle Automobiles Take a look at Process) vary. As an illustration, closing the cooling air consumption on the backside of the entrance bumper added 3.8 miles (6 km). A pre-spoiler mounted the place you would possibly discover entrance fog lights added 3.1 miles (5 km). Spoilers forward of the entrance wheels—a notoriously turbulent zone and massive contributor to a automotive’s drag—added 8.6 miles (14 km). Bumps on the facet mirror surrounds contribute one other 1.2 miles (2 km), and an aerodynamic seal on the tailgate contributes 2.5 miles (4 km).
As you would possibly anticipate, the Sportback is extra aerodynamic, with a Cd of 0.26. The sloping rear hatch and its spoiler are good for an additional 16 km of WLTP vary in comparison with the crossover, Audi instructed us. Official Environmental Safety Company vary estimates will not arrive till a lot nearer to the Q4s arriving right here, however the WLTP ranges are 323 miles (520 km) for the This autumn 40 e-tron, 303 miles (488 km) for the This autumn 50 e-tron quattro, and 308 miles (497 km) for the This autumn Sportback 50 e-tron quattro. (The WLTP check cycle generates way more optimistic estimates than the EPA’s testing protocol, so anticipate official US vary estimates to be smaller.)
What makes this higher than an ID.4?
Though we’re fairly certain the This autumn’s driving dynamics will distinguish it from the ID.4, affirmation must wait a number of extra months. We do know that there shall be two completely different ranges of suspension improve obtainable (though, confusingly, a few of these options are customary on the Sportback, others on each quattro variants). The dynamic bundle provides sports activities suspension, which lowers the This autumn by 0.6 inches (15 mm); variable-ratio steering; and completely different drive modes (consolation, effectivity, dynamic, particular person, auto). If you need adaptive dampers, these are discovered within the dynamic bundle plus.
No such wait is required to know that the This autumn’s cabin marks it out from the extra mainstream individuals’s electrical automotive. It seems to be sometimes Audi, which is an effective factor, because the model is likely one of the few to beat in the case of a trendy inside. Nevertheless, there is a larger use of recycled supplies and artificial materials than in conventionally powered Audis.
In comparison with the VW, the Audi has extra of a middle console and locates its drive selector right here. It options bodily buttons for local weather management, audio quantity and playback, and extra. And if the photographs within the gallery offer you cause to recollect the Austin Allegro, worry not—a spherical steering wheel comes customary; the hexagonal rim is an choice.
Sonos, storage, and augmented actuality
Two screens—one for the principle instrument show and one other for the infotainment—are built-in into the sprint, not like within the ID.4. The primary instrument show is all the time a ten.25-inch display, however there are literally three completely different grades relying on trim stage; probably the most primary model solely shows essential info and will not present you a transferring map, for instance. And there are two sizes of infotainment display: a ten.1-inch 1,540×720 as customary or an non-compulsory 11.6-inch 1,764×824 show. No matter dimension, the infotainment system runs VW Group’s newest MIB 3, and Audi has partnered with Sonos for the in-car audio expertise.
VW Group’s augmented actuality heads-up show wasn’t prepared in time for VW’s ID.3 launch in Europe final 12 months, however it’ll present up as an choice within the This autumn and This autumn Sportback. I am excited to attempt it out to see if the execution lives as much as the thought’s promise.
Audi effused in regards to the This autumn’s storage compartments within the This autumn press equipment and through our briefings on the BEVs. There’s the glove field, plus a compartment within the middle console, however everybody appeared most happy with the bottle holders constructed into every door, every of which might comprise a 1 L bottle. MEB makes use of house above the entrance axle to deal with the automotive’s local weather management system, so there is not any frunk, however the This autumn hatchback has 18.4 cubic ft (520 L) of cargo house when the rear seats are in use and 52.6 (1,490 L) cubic ft with the rear seats folded flat. The This autumn Sportback truly manages a barely bigger 18.9 cubic ft (535 L) when the rear seats are in use however a barely smaller 51.6 cubic ft (1,460 L) when the seats are folded down.
How a lot?
Pricing info must wait till nearer to the This autumn’s arrival, which continues to be some months away. For now, Audi instructed Ars that it expects pricing to be very aggressive, and it’ll begin at underneath $45,000 earlier than rebates. (The worth of the most affordable e-tron SUV would possibly moderately be taken as the value ceiling for a totally loaded This autumn 50 e-tron quattro, however I am simply guessing.) We additionally anticipate some quantity of bundled, free DC quick charging at Electrify America stations, though, once more, that info shall be confirmed nearer to 12 months’s finish.
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