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Audi e-tron Launch Edition

Audi e-tron

The Audi e-tron, the first ever fully-electric Audi model, which is set to become available in the UK in early 2019, will have prices starting from £71,490.

There’s also the Audi e-tron Launch Edition which features equipment such as virtual door mirrors, Matrix LED lighting, Valcona leather and 21-inch alloy wheels, all for £82,240.

Two high definition cameras replace the door mirrors, bringing advantages in all-weather visibility, safety and aerodynamics.

The e-tron has a 95kWh, 36-cell battery mounted beneath the passenger compartment which feeds an electric motor positioned on each axle and is chargeable at fast charging stations with direct current (DC) at up to 150 kW – a first for a series-production car – meaning that it can be replenished to 80% of capacity in as little as 30 minutes.

The two electric motors deliver an output of up to 300kW, facilitating 5.7-second 0-62mph acceleration, a top speed of 124mph and a driving range of at least 248 miles. When operating in unison, they act as an all-wheel-drive system, managing the distribution of the 664Nm of torque between the two axles.

Also available for the standard e-tron, the foldable virtual door mirrors reduce the width of the five-seat SUV by 15 centimetres. Their cameras have a resolution of 1,280 x 1,080 pixels, and offer good all-weather visibility thanks to a heating function which prevents the units from misting over or freezing, and also activates when the camera sensors detect dirt.

The cameras control the brightness of the image automatically in accordance with the environmental conditions, for instance when driving through a tunnel, and automatically adapt their view to various driving situations, including motorway driving, turning and parking. The driver can also select these targeted views via the MMI system. Proximity sensors within the driver’s display allow various settings to be adjusted by touch by placing a finger closer to the surface, including the field of vision and the degree of zoom. The front passenger mirror can also be adjusted via the relevant display.