Baby Audi e-tron crossover set for Geneva reveal

A small e-tron SUV is expected to break cover at the Geneva Motor Show Audi is set to unveil its third all-electric e-tron model at the Geneva Motor Show this March. The small crossover will sit below the recently launched e-tron SUV, while the flagship four-door Audi e-tron GT concept seen at the LA Motor Show is due in 2020.

Like the e-tron GT, the new model is expected to appear as a concept, albeit one that will give a close indication of how the finished product will look and drive. It’s a move that suggests the small SUV EV class will be hotly contested by manufacturers.

Audi will be in a good position to beat the upcoming Tesla Model Y to launch, as well as the electric Volvo XC40 and an anticipated Mercedes SUV, all of which are expected in the coming year.

The latest e-tron EV is expected to be similar in size to the Audi Q3 , which is a lucrative model for the German brand – even the outgoing version found around 200,000 customers in its last year on sale.

It’s expected to share a similar styling language to contemporary Audi SUVs mixed with unique e-tron features. These will include a slatted front grille for reduced drag and the possibility of small exterior cameras to replace traditional door mirrors. Little is known about its interior, but we expect it to be minimalist in design, with digital displays for the instrument panel and infotainment systems. Audi e-tron rear Unlike the larger e-tron SUV, the baby e-tron SUV will be the first model in the Volkswagen Group to use a new MEB platform for electric cars. This chassis keeps the batteries and electric motors low for improved dynamics and will provide the foundation for myriad EVs in the future. Thanks to its compact powertrain, Audi should be able to give the small e-tron interior space to rival the Audi Q5 from the class above.

The e-tron crossover is set to offer 48kWh, 60kWh and 80kWh battery packs. While no details have been released, even the smallest should offer a range of just over 200 miles, with the high-capacity options extending this to over 300 miles.

With the debut of a near-production concept imminent, it looks likely the production e-tron crossover will arrive in showrooms in 2020, forming an important strand in the web of 12 all-electric e-trons promised by 2025.


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