Audi has revealed its first all-electric SUV, the 2019 e-tron, delivering the luxury you’d expect from the automaker with zero emissions. On sale in the US in Q2 2019, the new e-tron blends familiar Audi styling with some new EV-exclusive cues. They’re both to signify that this is an important new step for the automaker, and for aerodynamic purposes.
Two electric motors are used, one for each axle. They can also flip into recuperation mode, regenerating power when the e-tron is slowing. Audi says that it expects recuperation to handle 90-percent of braking situations, in fact, and contribute significantly to overall range. Drivers will be able to adjust just how much recuperation takes place when they lift off the accelerator using the steering wheel paddles.
Inside, with the battery mounted under the floor there’s ample room for five along with 28.5 cu ft of cargo space. Drop the rear seats and that extends to 57 cu ft. Audi has kept the standard spec level high, too: all e-tron trims get four-zone climate control, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and 150 kW capable recharging. That, the automaker says, is enough for 80-percent of a charge in around 30 minutes.