Audi will introduce a compact electric crossover to compete with Tesla Model Y

Audi plans to introduce small all-electric crossover at the Geneva motor show in March this year. It is expected that the car will compete with the Tesla Model Y, which also will be submitted around the same time.

In the Netherlands, Andreas Mindt, head of exterior design of Audi said that the company plans to submit a “compact crossover e-tron” according to Dutch website AutoWeek.

New model of electric car Audi should be based on the architecture of the MEB from Volkswagen and designed to increase sales.

The company showed a darkened image which shows a compact electric crossover. The image is not very revealing, but it is clear that the concept will have a prominent grille and large air intakes.

Audi will introduce a compact electric crossover © autoweek.nl

New electric crossover from Audi needs to be in size between the Audi Q2 and Q3 and the battery 45 to 50 kW / h, According to information published at the dealership event, a fully electric compact crossover will be presented as a concept at the Geneva motor show in March. Such plans have been around since 2017, when Audi announced that it will release its Q2 compact SUV as a purely electric version only in China. In November last year, Audi confirmed that the electric car known as the Audi Q2 L e-tron will be launched in China this year. The latter, however, is not a vehicle on the basis of the MEB.

In addition to talking about the upcoming concept, Andreas Mindt confirmed that the production version of the concept e-tron Sportback will be presented later this year. It is expected that the model will use the same powertrain as in the presented e-tron quattro, which features a lithium-ion battery 95 kWh, which powers two electric motors developing a total power up to 408 HP and 664 N⋅m of torque. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds and have a combined range cruising range of 400 km according to the WLTP cycle.

Recall that Audi plans to introduce 15 new models of electric vehicles by 2025.

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