Audi has released further details of the second addition to the electric SUV range with the e-tron Sportback. As suggested by the name, this is a coupe take on the e-tron and we think it nails the two key targets – 1. it looks different enough to the e-tron to warrant a second model. 2. we think it looks great which lets face it is the only reason to loose out on some of the e-tron’s inherent SUV practicality.
The Sportback debuts in the UK as a 55 quattro with a 95kWh battery, peak electrical output of 402 bhp (300kW), an official range of up to 241 miles and the ability to recharge at 150 kW using an Ultra Rapid charger. A new cheaper 50 quattro version with the smaller 71kWh battery pack and 308 bhp (230kW) will become available to order in the autumn. The 50 will also be able to utilise Ultra Rapid chargers but has a peak charging capacity of 120 kW. Both models will be able to recharge to 80% in around 30 minutes.
All fleet and retail customers placing an e-tron or e-tron Sportback order before December 31st will be offered a 7kW home wall box charger. The wall box needs around 14 hours to restore a totally depleted 55 quattro to a full charge, or around 10.5 hours for the 50 quattro version. By downloading the myAudi app, the driver can activate and deactivate charging remotely and also define a home charging schedule that takes advantage of cheaper off-peak electricity supply periods.
“The original e-tron was cleverly conceived because it delivered transformative technology to Audi customers in a familiar, friendly form that they could easily get on board with” said Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle.
“Now the SUV has proved that electrified Audi models with all their environmental and efficiency benefits can be comfortably accommodated in everyday life in return for very little compromise versus their ICE counterparts, the time is right for the Sportback to offer a slightly bolder take on the concept.”
The 55 quattro is available in three specifications with the S Line costing £79,000, Launch Edition £85,900, and range topping Vorsprung at £95,100.