Benchmark-setting all-electric SUV scheduled to arrive in PH soon
Combining efficiency, performance and practicality in a dynamic SUV package, the e-tron is the spearhead of Audi’s fully electrically powered production models, with the all-electric SUV leading its segment worldwide as it consistently tops sales charts in numerous markets, as well as besting comparative tests. And through this benchmark-setting model, Audi prepares to bring in its new era of mobility to the Philippines with the introduction of the e-tron, alongside the RS e-tron GT and e-tron GT, in the second half of the year.
The upcoming launch of the all-electric e-tron in the Philippines forms part of Audi’s transformation—or “e-volution”—into an electric mobility company focusing on sustainability as the new luxury.
“The Audi e-tron is a real game changer for us and clearly illustrates our vision of sustainable and progressive premium mobility,” said Hildegard Wortmann, Member of Audi AG’s Board of Management for Sales and Marketing. “Our first fully electric SUV combines design, dynamic handling, and interior quality with the latest technology—for emissions-free driving without having to make compromises. The e-tron is the beginning of a new era for Audi.”
The e-tron offers the space, comfort and utility of a full-size SUV, providing ample room for five people and their luggage while at the same time exemplifying the driving experience of a new era. Two electric motors outputting 300 kW and 664 Nm drive the electric SUV, free of emissions and in near silence. The electric all-wheel drive quattro system guarantees superlative traction and handling on any terrain and in any weather condition by continuously distributing power between the two axles.
A key factor making the e-tron sporty is that its battery is located low between the axles, keeping its center of gravity on a similar height to that of a sedan. Plus, load distribution front and rear is nearly 50:50.
With a fully charged battery, the e-tron can cover more than 400 kilometers (according to WLTP standards), thanks partly to an innovative energy recuperation system. The electric SUV can recover energy when it is coasting and when the brake pedal is depressed.
Reflecting Audi’s design language as translated into a new electric-powered age, the e-tron is marked by sculpted surfaces, the brand-signature Singleframe grille (this time largely enclosed and in platinum gray), Matrix LED headlights, e-tron-specific daytime running lights, a sill area with black inserts visualizing the location of the battery, and a wide diffuser at the rear that highlights the absence of tailpipes. The SUV has no external side-view mirrors; these are replaced by cameras that project images on a high-definition screen placed on the interior door panels.
These screens visually connect to the e-tron’s expansive instrument panel, taking in-car digitalization to a new level. The center tunnel console rests on open sidewalls. Seeming to float above it is the hand rest with integrated shifter. The cockpit is biased toward the driver, with two large MMI touch response displays angled in his or her direction. The displays replace nearly every conventional switch and control. Many functions can also be controlled via the natural voice control system. The standard Audi virtual cockpit presents vehicle and driving information in high-resolution graphics.
With the e-tron, all electric-powered mobility has never been as dynamic, luxurious and sustainable.
Charles E. Buban is an old timer in the Philippine automotive journalism scene. He first started covering the automotive beat in 2003, writing news and reviews of new models and car tech, among other car-related stuff. When not writing about cars, he could often be seen riding his mountain bike or doing long walks in the hope of catching a couple of legendary Pokemons.