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New 2020 Audi e-tron Sportback unveiled as Audi’s second electric car

James Brodie 2019-11-20 02:15

The new Audi e-tron Sportback arrives as a stylish alternative to the standard e-tron SUV, and boasts a range of up to 278 miles

Audi has revealed a new version of its all-electric e-tron SUV. The e-tron Sportback is a coupe-SUV with a sporty new roofline, and it also introduces updated technology on board.

As with the regular e-tron, the Sportback uses an electrified version of the VW Group’s MLB platform, rather than the MEB or PPE platforms that have been developed specifically for electric vehicles.

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Two versions of the Sportback have been confirmed, so the line-up matches that of the standard e-tron. The 308bhp 50 quattro serves as the entry-level model, and has a 71kWh battery that’s capable of an official range of 216 miles on a single charge.

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Audi e-tron Sportback - rear

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Above it sits the 55 quattro, which has a larger 95kWh battery pack in combination with a dual-electric motor set-up that brings 402bhp and 664Nm torque. Audi says 0-62mph takes 5.7 seconds, with the top speed capped electronically at 124mph. A maximum range of 278 miles between charges has been confirmed, while the second motor sees boot space drop by 35 litres to 615 litres with seats in place.

While coupe-SUVs are often sold as style-driven alternatives to their more conventional counterparts, the e-tron Sportback has an advantage up its sleeve in terms of aerodynamics. That sweeping shape means a low drag coefficient of 0.25Cd, which unlocks up to 6.2 miles of extra range in the case of the 95kWh version of the car.

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Audi e-tron Sportback - dash

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Other updates – and ones that will be added to the standard e-tron – include a battery that can be safely recharged to a marginally higher useable capacity, while the front motor decouples when not required to help save energy. Audi has also been able to remove one of the cooling pumps to save weight, and the brake regeneration has been strengthened to allow one-pedal driving.

Smart LED matrix projector headlights that are capable of broadcasting signals on to the road surface also feature, while sporty S line trim will be added to the line-up. This brings 20-inch wheels, gloss black exterior detailing and sports air suspension as standard. The e-tron Sportback launches next year, priced from around £65,000.

Click here for our in-depth review of the all-electric Audi e-tron SUV

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