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Audi unveils all-electric e-tron SUV

Audi has taken the covers off its eagerly-awaited e-tron – the brand’s first electric car.

The e-tron offers a 248-mile electric range, and is set to spearhead an electric revolution at the German brand.

Officially known as the e-tron Quattro, the new car is not going to go down unnoticed, with some truly incredibly advanced features fitted to the car.

Door mirrors? They’re not needed here, instead it comes with cameras mounted to the side of the car, which project images to the side of the steering column – in the usual space taken up by air vents. They may be gimmicky, but cool nonetheless.

And remember a time when a touchscreen was an added bonus on a car? The e-tron gets six of them, which control, well, everything.

The e-tron hasn’t been officially homologated for the UK yet, but its designers are estimating a range of just under 250 miles is achievable – putting it in a strong position against other luxury EVs from Tesla, Mercedes and Jaguar.

It’s priced as a premium car, too, with models starting from £70,805, and while UK specs are yet to be announced, those who placed their orders early should have the car by the end of 2018.

It’s able to accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 124mph, thanks to 402bhp and 664Nm of torque instantly on tap. It can be charged to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes using the fastest of rapid chargers, and around eight hours if charging at home.

Its looks aren’t quite as radical as the technology in it, and it’s noticeably an Audi on the road – taking design cues from the latest A7 and also the Q5 SUV – which it will sit above in the range.

Other features include a 360-degree camera, air suspension and orange exterior and cabin touches to discreetly emphasise its EV credentials.

The e-tron is one of the most important cars in Audi’s history, as by 2025 the German firm has said it will offer 12 electric models. The next model in the e-tron line-up will be a Sportback – set to be unveiled in 2019.

Ted Welford

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September 18, 2018

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