Hybrids & Electrics

Audi E-tron Sportback: What We Know so Far

Since its introduction last year, the Audi e-tron has garnered some good reviews and nestled itself a comfortable spot in the future of electric vehicles. If a household nameplate isn’t enough for the general public to know offhand what an Audi e-tron is, the brand is set to release a newer version of it: the Audi e-tron sportback.

Audi’s future is electric

The Audi e-tron Sportback was shown at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show and looks to be on par with the company’s goal of having 12 electric vehicles in their line up by 2025. After all, the Audi e-tron sales were up by 34 percent in November, which means that consumers are reacting well to the brand’s offering despite stiff competition in the likes of Tesla. With the e-tron Sportback on deck, it’s might be only a matter of time before EV enthusiasts are drinking the German Kool-Aid.

What we know about the e-tron Sportback

The Audi e-tron Sportback looks similar to the current e-tron from the front, but swing around to the rear of the car and you’ll notice the rear-end styling for which the car is named. If anything, we like to think of it as an e-tron crossed with an Audi A7. Interesting approach, indeed. Under the hood, or should we say, under the car, lies a dual-motor setup with one motor in between the front axles and one between the rear.

The motor upfront produces 184 horsepower and the rear produces 224 horsepower. Together they produce a combined 355 horsepower during regular driving and up to 402 horsepower when “boost mode” is engaged. For those not in the know, boost mode provides a short, 8-second burst of power when needed, or when the battery has enough juice to make it happen. We can expect 0-60 times of around 5.5 seconds. Just like it’s current e-tron stablemate, the e-tron Sportback will have a fast recharge rate to 80 percent in just 30 minutes with a 150-kWh charger.

Audi e-tron Sportback

What about the rest of the car?

We should know by now that, quirky designs aside, Audi always has a method to its madness. Love it or hate, the sloping roofline does provide a more aerodynamic profile that garners more range for the e-tron Sportback. Speaking of the range, we’re estimating about 220 miles of range, which is better than the EPA-estimated 204 miles for the current e-tron.

One feature that Audi has been touting for this new e-tron Sportback is the matrix LED headlights that highlight the road in high resolution and can even project cool designs on the road ahead and on your garage door. Unfortunately, these headlights will not be offered on the U.S. version, so you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up.

Otherwise, the e-tron Sportback is equipped very similarly to the current e-tron complete with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, dual touchscreen MMI system, as well as all of the driver’s assist features and other luxurious interior touches.

Audi e-tron Sportback Interior

When will it come out?

The Audi e-tron Sportback that was shown at the auto show was the European model, however, prospective buyers should be able to reserve their e-tron Sportbacks soon and expect actual delivery toward the end of 2020.