As part of its major push into the EV market, Audi has unveiled its second all-electric production car – the e-tron Sportback.
Due to be released in 2020, it comes with all-wheel drive as standard and features digital matrix LED headlights, which use video projector technology to adjust up to 5,000 times per second. These incredibly fast automatic adjustments allow them to highlight upcoming obstacles, as well as to track the road ahead while the driver turns corners or changes lanes. By mid 2020, they’ll also be able to greet you with 5 different light animations, projected on either a wall or floor. “We are starting a new era for lighting,” said Audi light expert Stephan Berlitz. “In future, [this technology] could allow for car-to-car communications.”
For the UK market, the e-tron Sportback will only come in the more powerful 55 version, which has 277 miles of range, 355bhp, and can do 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. Other markets will be able to opt for a lower powered version, the 50, which will have 216 miles of range.
According to Audi, with the 150 kW DC fast charging support the car will be able to reach an 80-percent charge in under 30 minutes.
Inside, the e-tron Sportback is almost identical to its bigger brother, featuring a dual touchscreen and optional virtual wing mirrors. Size wise, it’s a little smaller with 20mm less headroom due to the coupe styling and 615 litres of boot space instead of the 660 on the current e-tron.
UK pricing is still to be announced, but it will start at €71,350 (£61,170) in Germany when in launches early next year.