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Published on August 20th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Audi displays e-tron quattro concept at the IAA 2015

Audi’s newest design language translates well from concept to production, which is why the e-tron quattro concept is a pretty exciting proposition for the SUV segment. Much like Audi’s latest efforts in electric mobility, the e-tron quattro is designed to be an electric car, and it adopts variable aerodynamics in order to improve airflow around the car.

The cabin of the Audi e-tron quattro concept tapers strongly toward the rear end, approaching the idealized shape of an aerodynamically optimized droplet.

The aerodynamically optimized underbody is completely closed. With a cd value of 0.25, the car sets a new record in the SUV segment. This contributes considerably to the long range of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles).

The Audi e-tron quattro concept marks the world premiere of Matrix laser OLED technology at the front of a vehicle and epitomizes “Vorsprung durch Technik” in the field of automotive lighting.

The study is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, which provides considerable scope for the drive system and package. Its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7. Its typical SUV body and flat, coupe-like cabin give the Audi e-tron quattro concept a very dynamic appearance. The spacious interior offers room for four people.

The operating and display concept is deeply integrated into the plastic, driver-oriented architecture of the cockpit. Because the electric drive has no propshaft, the center console seems to float.

The large lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low center of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution. And that gives the car better driving dynamics and driving safety than other vehicles in the segment.

The front display, which is curved upward, offers some gesture controls and visualizes the climate control system. The two rear passengers in the Audi e-tron quattro concept have their own OLED displays.

Audi uses its experience with the electrically driven Audi R8 e-tron sports car for the drive system. Three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear axle – drive the Audi e-tron quattro concept. And that makes it an electrified quattro, the e-tron quattro –efficient and dynamic at the same time.

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