Audi has released a fresh teaser image of its new e-tron as mass production of the all-electric SUV kicks off in Brussels.
Set to be fully revealed on September 17, the Ingolstadt-based brand claims that the e-tron will boast a range “suitable for everyday use”. Earlier, the automaker said that the SUV would cover more than 400 km on one battery charge (on the new WLTP test cycle), thanks in part to its energy recuperation system.
The teaser image shows a Misano Red example of the e-tron peeking out from under a cover, with Peter Kössler, the Audi board of member responsible for production, and Patrick Danau, managing director of Audi Brussels, standing alongside it.
“The Audi e-tron is a genuine pioneer. It features innovative technologies such as virtual exterior mirrors and combines traditional Audi qualities in handling and dynamics with technical Vorsprung that goes far beyond the car,” said Kössler.
“Our Brussels plant was comprehensively modernised for the production of the electric car. This is the world's first certified CO2-neutral mass production in the premium segment,” he added.
Audi says its Brussels plant offsets all emissions produced in production and at the site, primarily by using energy from renewable sources, but also through environmental projects.
“Audi built up numerous competencies in-house for the Audi e-tron and developed both the battery technology and the actual drive system itself. And employees rethought, planned and implemented many stages of production,” added Danau.
Since 2016, the plant has extensively rebuilt its body shop, paint shop and assembly line, and has set up its own battery production.
Fitted with two electric motors, Audi says the e-tron will deliver 265 kW and 561 N.m, with this “peak performance” available for up to 60 seconds.