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Spied: Audi busy testing upcoming e-tron quattro EV


Audi e-tron quattro EV prototype set to arrive in 2018

Audi's plan in making its first mass-produced electric vehicle (EV) will come true after all. Recently, the Ingolstadt-based automaker was seen by our spies road testing the production version of the e-tron quattro. First revealed in concept form at the 2015 Franfkurt Motor Show, the e-tron quattro will be the company's first all-electric vehicle that will be built on a large-scale production.

Based on the images provided by our insiders, the upcoming e-tron quattro will remain faithful to the concept design. From the looks of things, the EV crossover will have slim headlights that may come with Audi's LED matrix lights. The singleframe grill appears to be covered by heavy camo but we do see the outline of the grill's opening.


The coupe-inspired roofline gives the e-tron quattro a sleek profile which also compliments the aggressively-designed rear. The taillights are covered up but it will most likely get the same design as with the original concept. It's also surprising to see that the e-tron quattro seen here was pulling a trailer behind it. This could mean Audi was testing the EV's towing capabilities while still in prototype guise.

It's exact powertran was not revealed though in concept form had three electric motors. The first motor drives the front axle while the last two deliver their power to the rear axle. It has a total system output of 435 PS which can be be bumped up to 503 PS with a boosting function. Audi claims the concept can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 210 km/h. It also has a maximum range of 500 km on a single charge.

The Audi e-tron quattro is set to hit the open road come 2018.

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