Audi debuts e-tron Sportback
Power and performance specs match the standard e-tron, but with more range.
Audi has revealed the e-tron Sportback ahead of its first public appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Sportback carries over the standard e-tron powertrain with up to 402 horsepower in 'boost' mode. Its sleek profile and 0.25 drag coefficient provide a bit more range, however, with a rating of 277 miles according to the generous WLTP test cycle. EPA-rated range will likely be closer to 220 miles, versus 204 miles for the existing e-tron. Acceleration to 62 mph is a match at 5.7 seconds, with a limited top speed of 124 mph.
The coupe-like profile brings a unique aesthetic while reducing the rear-seat headroom by less than an inch and luggage capacity behind the second row by 2.1 cubic feet.
Aside from the rounded silhouette, the Sportback is also available with Audi's latest digital matrix LED headlights. The design borrows micromirror engineering from video projectors to selectively mask out areas of the light beam, allowing the high-beams to stay active without dazzling other drivers. The NHTSA's archaic safety regulations still prohibit such technology, however, making the matrix headlights unlikely to appear in the US market unless Audi receives exemption approval.
Buyers in Europe will get the first chance to buy the e-tron Sportback starting next spring with a base price of 71,350 euros (~$79,000 USD).