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Tesla-rivaling electric Audi E-Tron SUV debuts at $75,795

Tesla-rivaling electric Audi E-Tron SUV debuts at $75,795 Tesla-rivaling electric Audi E-Tron SUV debuts at $75,795
Nellie Chapman | 20 September, 2018, 18:44

Although most of the significant information relating to Audi's new 2019 e-tron electric vehicle was already out there, the official unveiling comes to add the missing pieces.

With the world premiere of the Audi e-tron Monday night in San Francisco, Audi also marked the launch of its electrification offensive.

All are meant to boost the market for premium electric vehicles and also to collect share of that market from Palo Alto, California-based Tesla, that has had the niche mostly to itself. Called the E-Tron, the SUV will be available in Europe later this year and in the United States next spring. Nonetheless, E-Tron SUV is German marque's first mass-produced EV and will rival its compatriot Mercedes-Benz EQC and Tesla Model X.

Looking every inch the conventional Audi SUV but radically different under the skin and boasting some novel ideas, the e-tron is in production in Brussels now and you can be whirring silently around in one from early 2019, in return for £70,805. They said the vehicle should achieve a range under less rigorous European testing standards of roughly 250 miles or 400 km.

The e-tron includes many aerodynamic features, including special 20-inch wheels and underbody panels, but one we won't see soon in the USA are the slim side cameras in place of conventional mirrors. Amazon will deliver the hardware and hire electricians to install them through its Amazon Home Services operation.

As you would expect from a modern, futuristic electric vehicle, the gadgetry on the inside of e-tron is awesome as well.

The top speed is not detailed, but the Audi e-tron is said to reach 100km/h from a standstill in just over six seconds.

If more power is summoned or if the system detects wheel slippage, the e-tron will automatically activate its front electric motor. Audi also showed off its virtual side mirrors - a feature that isn't allowed on USA models, only its European cars.

The E-Tron looks, quite clearly, like an Audi SUV. Buyers will get 1,000 kilowatt-hours of free charging at public sites from Electrify America, the charging network being created by Volkswagen as part of its settlement for the diesel emissions scandal. It offers seating for five, and its length and wheelbase position it in the center of the market for midsize, five-passenger luxury SUVs such as the BMW X5. The motors also supplement the braking by the friction brakes, and Audi estimates that the e-tron motors will provide the deceleration in 90 percent of braking situations. The Model X uses vertically opening "falcon wing" doors.

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