New 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback unveiled at LA Auto Show

20 November 2019 - 17:40 By AFP Relaxnews
Audi unveils its new E-Tron Sportback
Audi unveils its new E-Tron Sportback
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Audi has taken the wraps off the follow-up of the E-Tron SUV: the E-Tron Sportback.

Earlier this year, Audi's very first all-electric car - the E-Tron SUV - was made available for purchase; on Tuesday, just a few months after that release, Audi announced that a smaller rendition of the model will be available for order this month: The E-Tron Sportback.

This SUV coupe is the second member of the company's production EV line and is using the same powertrain at its predecessor. The motor can deliver up to 300kW of power, and the car can reportedly travel up to 446km on a single charge - the larger, heavier E-Tron SUV can travel up to about 328km.

Both EVs have been launched to support the company's sustainability strategy; one of its middle-term goals is to "offer the strongest range of electric models amongst premium competitors." This vision parallels that of Audi's parent company Volkswagen, which is likewise saturating its VW electric lineup with production ID models.

For the most part, the E-Tron Sportback is simply a more coupe-like rendition of the standard model. The front end has headlights and a grille that match the SUV. Apart from the hatch-style rear of the E-Tron, the backend of the two models are essentially identical.

The Audi e-tron Sportback offers up to 300kW of power and a range of up to 446 kilometers
The Audi e-tron Sportback offers up to 300kW of power and a range of up to 446 kilometers
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Moreover, the digitised cabins share most components including the various OLED displays and infotainment systems.

The Audi E-Tron Sportback will be available for order in the US later this month starting at about $79,000 (roughly R1,167,359). It will hit the European market next spring.

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