Norwegians get first dibs on Audi’s full-size electric SUV
Audi is gearing up to bring a production version of its e-tron quattro concept to market by 2018, and interest is apparently high enough that the automaker has begun taking reservations in Norway — before the final production model has even been shown.
First revealed in 2015, the Audi e-tron quattro Concept blended the brand’s new design language with an aggressive exterior design and dimensions somewhere between the Q5 and Q7 SUVs. Little is known about the production version of the e-tron quattro. However, Audi has released a few technical specs on the upcoming electric utility vehicle. The SUV will be powered by three electric motors, two for the rear wheels, and one on the front axle.
The three motors are said to produce a combined 435 hp during normal operation. However, owners are able to select a boost function that increases power for a short period. In this mode, power is increased to 503 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes just 4.6 seconds and its top speed has been limited to 130 mph (209 km/h) to help preserve its range. Speaking of range, the 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack is good for 310 miles (499 km), just behind Tesla’s 335-mile (539-km) range in its Model S 100D.
According to the Audi site, those customers in Norway can put down 20,000 kroner, about $3,000 USD, and reserve the upcoming electric SUV. However, Audi didn’t state when the e-tron quattro would actually become available, only that it’s coming sometime in 2018.
Electrek reports that Harald Edvardsen-Eiback, head of Audi Norway said, “Interest in the Audi e-tron quattro has been tremendous since the first concept was shown in 2015. Norway is a pioneer in the market of electrification and we are proud to be the first in the Audi Group with a solution like this. This first electric model is perfectly suited for the Norwegian market with both quattro all-wheel drive, plenty of interior space, high ground clearance, and not least, long range. This may be the perfect car for many Norwegian households.”
Source: Audi, Electrek