Audi introduced the new electric crossover Audi e-Tron SportbackNovember 20, 2019
Today, the German company officially presents its electric car at the Los Angeles international motor show, but the first details about the new product are already known.
When you see the new Audi E-Tron Sportback on the road, you may not immediately recognize it as an electric car. Like its predecessor in the style of a traditional SUV, the new Sportback does not flaunt its EV lifestyle. However, if you see these fantastic headlights that do weird things, there will be no doubt about what is moving toward you.
At the moment, it is reported that Audi’s newest electric is pretty much exactly what we expected. Sportback has the same power plant, consisting of two engines, with a total capacity of 402 hp, as the standard version, not to mention the same battery pack.
The power reserve of the new items will increase by 22 miles and reached a mark of 277 miles according to WLTP standards. Keep in mind this European standard is more stringent than in the USA. However, you can expect a longer distance in the Sportback compared to the standard E-Tron simply because of its shape. Audi notes that the sloping roofline, similar to a coupe, is more efficient. A smoother air flow really limits the space for passengers in the rear seats, as the height of the second row is reduced by 20 millimeters. The total cargo area for the Sportback is also slightly lower compared to the standard E-Tron.
Another Sportback enhancement comes with optional virtual side mirrors that replace standard analog mirrors with cameras and further enhance the car’s performance. Instead of checking the mirrors, drivers will check the small displays located between the door and the dashboard, which show what is located behind and on the side. New mirrors can also automatically adapt to different driving situations, such as sharp turns or backward movements. Also improved braking performance.
Perhaps the coolest feature of the E-Tron Sportback is the affordable Digital Matrix LED headlights – devices that, according to Audi, will illuminate the road in “high resolution”. The heart of this system is a small microcircuit with at least one million micromirrors. Using electrostatic fields, each tiny mirror can tilt up to 5,000 times per second. All this sounds like crazy science fiction, but the result is headlights that can illuminate very specific sections of the road, or, if necessary, off-road. Attracting headlights can also project specific images, and when it comes to changing the road, the light can actually be blocked so as not to blind the drivers of the upstream, while leaving your side of the street well-lit.
The new E-Tron Sportback is scheduled to be released in Europe next spring, starting with the limited edition Edition One, which will include touches of the S line, such as body painting and exclusive 21-inch wheels. Pricing in the US is not yet available, but the E-Tron Sportback will cost £ 71,350 in the European market.
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