Quite a few manufacturers are going the electric route and Audi is no different. The German automaker plans to roll out a range of full-electric vehicles under the e-tron badge starting with a crossover, which was recently spied testing in Europe under camouflage.
Audi’s E-Tron Quattro gives us a sneak peek at the body’s plastic cladding, which seems to wrap around the body starting from the bumper before extending to the wheel arches, across its side profile and connecting with its rear bumper. Other uncovered portions of the exterior include slender side mirrors with integrated LED signal lights, a tow ball, and the very visible lack of exhaust system.
Though some design elements do escape our notice, CarScoops says they see a set of roof rails along with a heavily raked rear window, LED taillights and a rakish windscreen.
The E-Tron Quattro’s production is scheduled to start next year at Audi’s plant in Brussels, Belgium, and its powertrain specs still remain a mystery. Perhaps we’ll see the concept’s three electric motors housed inside the Quattro, which combined devliers 496 hp and over 590 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to propel all four wheels from 0-62 mph in just 4.6 seconds before topping out at 130 mph.
Of course when it comes to electric vehicles, range and battery charging speed concerns are near the top of the list in terms of importance. If Audi can deliver the concept’s 310+ mile range and charge time of around 50 minutes, then they may have a new segment leader on their hands.