Audi showed a serial crossover with cameras instead of side mirrorsOctober 2, 2018
Audi has brought its first electric crossover, the E-Tron, to a car dealership in Paris. In Europe, sales of new items will begin in January of this year. Manufacture of the car is adjusted at factory in Brussels (Belgium). The car will become a competitor to Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X. Those who want to buy a car will have to pay about 80 thousand euros.
In the model lineup of the brand E-Tron took the place between Q5 and Q7. The length of the novelty is 4 901 mm, width – 1935 mm, and the wheelbase – 2 929 mm. The luggage compartment is 660 liters.
Instead of the traditional side mirrors, the E-Tron has compact cameras that transmit the image to the door displays. The company said that, thanks to this technology, the novelty has the lowest drag coefficient in the class – 0.28.
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Also, the crossover was equipped with an advanced air suspension, which is able to independently change the ground clearance in the range of 76 mm. Also, the driver is available semi-autonomous control system. A similar technology is already being used on the new A6 and A8. Electronics with the help of sensors, radar and maps is oriented in space and can independently operate the machine.
The crossover is equipped with two electric motors at once. The total power of the E-Tron is 408 hp. and 660 Nm of torque. Acceleration to 100 km/h of the car takes about 6 seconds. The Germans did not call the exact figure, as well as disclose the figures for maximum speed.
On one charge, the car can travel up to 400 km in the WLTP cycle. You can recharge the novelty at special stations, as well as from an ordinary household outlet. In the first case, the process can take up to one hour, and in the second – up to eight and a half hours.
As for the design, it repeats the conceptual e-tron quattro, which was introduced in the fall of 2015 in Frankfurt. The car will receive an advanced energy recovery system. The German automaker said that in more than 90% of maneuvers related to deceleration, the driver would not have to press the brake – an electric vehicle is able to slow down intensively with a sharp drop of the accelerator pedal.