Shanghai: Audi E-Tron Sportback concept

The Sportback is clad in plenty of LEDs that are visible both day and night. Digitally controlled Matrix LED modules can be found on the front and rear, with narrow light strips serving as daytime running lights on both sides below the hood. Small projectors and micromirror-studded surfaces enable additional LED panels to create animated signals. Power is sent to all four wheels via a single electric motor on the front axle and dual electric motors on the rear. With nearly 500 horsepower available in short bursts.

Key Takeaways:

  • Audi introduced its E-Tron Sportback concept in Shanghai, expecting to begin production in 2019.
  • VW Group expects China to be the leading market for electric vehicles.
  • The Sportback concept is clad in futuristic details, including many LEDs, and shares features with its downmarket relative, the Volkswagen ID Crozz.

“Audi’s first volume-focused EV will be a more traditional crossover, scheduled to enter production in 2018.”