Audi To Introduce Compact e-tron SUV In 2020 – Report

by under News on 19 Dec 2018 04:35:22 PM19 Dec 2018

Due to arrive in the same timeframe as the e-tron GT.

2019 Audi e-tron Quattro 55

It seems that the boffins at Audi are working hard on expanding their e-tron family of electric cars at record pace. After unveiling the e-tron Quattro SUV (which isn’t yet on sale despite all the hubbub), the company announced that an e-tron GT supercar would join the range. This has been made official – what hasn’t is the mention of a smaller e-tron SUV, that’s set to make its debut at around about the same time.

Small crossovers are all the rage, no matter what the segment or indeed the propulsion method. Audi reckons that this small e-tron SUV will be their best-selling EV when it ships to customers in 2021, due in no small part to its (relatively) affordable price point and bigger-than-Q2 but smaller-than-Q3 size.

2019 Audi e-tron Quattro 55

According to UK rag Autocar, the baby e-tron Quattro will carry a lot of the design cues from both the e-tron GT and the larger namesake SUV, such as the inverted grille, the prominent shoulderline, and the interesting placement of air intakes. Notably, the small e-tron SUV will be the only e-tron to sit on the Volkswagen Group MEB electric platform, which it’ll nick from the Volkswagen I.D. range of electric vehicles. The larger e-tron Quattro & e-tron Sportback use the MLB platform, while the e-tron GT will make use of the J1 architecture debuting first on the Porsche Taycan.

MEB won’t be shared between VW and Audi alone though. Stablemates Skoda & Seat have plans for MEB too, allowing the entire group and its individual companies to benefit from improved economies of scale. As such, the e-tron Quattro Junior (we’re running out of names here) should start from around £30,000 (or over $53k).

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