With only six months left in 2017, the Audi appears all geared up for the release of its latest electric SUV, the 2018 Audi E-Tron SUV. The company has reaffirmed the on-time release of its latest EV, and has selected Norway as their primary release market. The SUV is anticipated to match the classification of the Q7 and Q5 but would largely differ from the Q6. In fact, the 2018 e-tron is Audi’s first ever all-electric SUV, and is also considered as a competitor to Tesla Y.
2018 Audi e-tron SUV – Fantastic Appearance
The SUV comes with a sleek and aerodynamically adjusted exterior. The massive front grills with touch sensitive doors greatly add to the uniqueness of e-tron’s design. The designers of this vehicle claim that despite an overall heavy appearance, the Audi e-tron is much lighter than it actually looks. A coupe roof style with a classic Audi touch makes this SUV unique. The new 2018 Audi e-tron SUV also comes with an innovative cooling system, which goes really well with its sporty outlook, and helps in keeping the batteries cool.
The interior of the 2018 Audi e-tron SUV is “the most driver oriented” so far. The current design comes with three LED panels, with two in the center, and one on the dashboard. These LEDs are equipped with latest AI systems that will provide accurate details about the driving & traffic conditions. Moreover, the company has maintained a clear and spacious interior with a four-seat cockpit and “clear horizontal lines”, said an Audi official.
Engine and Battery
The Audi has paid a lot of attention towards the engine and performance of the 2018 Audi e-tron SUV. This SUV is powered by a 95 kWh Li-Ion battery. The powerhouse is designed midway between the axles, and it is anticipated that the battery can provide a whopping 310-mile range. It is confirmed that the 95 kWh battery is a response to Tesla’s 100 kWh battery. Furthermore, the battery is equipped with a fast charging mechanism. It provides up to 248 miles against a charging period of only 30 minutes. The SUV is based on Audi’s Quattro technology and has the average horsepower of 429 hp.
Expectations and Price
The Audi is yet to reveal the final retail price & the release date. However, bookings have already opened across Norway, and consumers can now place their orders for a fee of $3,000. The reason behind selecting Norway, as its primary release market is that the country is well developed in terms of electrical charging points and it would provide the German automobile giant a great opportunity to measure its influence in an EV-friendly market. The 2018 Audi e-tron SUV is currently competing against Tesla’s Y electric vehicle. So, it is estimated that the net price of the 2018 Audi e-tron will fall in the $80,000 range.