Audi E-Tron Prototype 2018: Audi’s electric SUV

We do not even remember the first time Audi told us about an electric SUV so much the German manufacturer has been talking about for a long time. However, it seems that we are gradually approaching a possible production model with the E-Tron Prototype 2018 unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The Audi electric SUV arrives later this year

The official unveiling of the production E-Tron will take place on August 30 in Brussels. Finally, say several, Audi’s 100% electric SUV seems confirmed!

Audi has kept some secrets in anticipation of the unveiling of the E-Tron, but we know that it will be powered by an electric motor of up to 500 horses. Thus, it will also reach 100 km / h in just 4.6 seconds while its autonomy, unofficial, will probably be about 400 kilometers.

Over the next few weeks, Audi will be putting 250 heavily-camouflaged E-Tron copies on the road to evaluate the behavior and performance of its future electric SUV.

The most reliable cars in each category according to JD Power

Every year, JD Power unveils its ranking of the most reliable brands and models according to its own survey of homeowners in the United States. This year, the firm asked nearly 37,000 participants for all 2015 vehicle owners.

The objective was to determine how many problems each owner has had with his vehicle in the last 12 months, and their overall satisfaction.

Here are the 19 models that stood out during the study. As is often the case, we find several Lexus and Toyota models, but we also note the presence of several Chevrolet models.

FRANKFURT: The new Audi A8 behaves alone in traffic

Imagine that you are caught in one of the many traffic jams that the island of Montreal offers daily and that instead of raging against the ubiquitous construction, you can read sports news on the central screen of your car.

This is what the new Audi A8 2019 offers. The Audi flagship of the Audi range and rival direct BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the new A8 will offer a function called Traffic Jam Pilot that is able to follow the pace of other vehicles, slow down or speed up if necessary, and avoid careless motorists who would like to cut in your lane.

Everything will be 100% self-contained and the A8 2019 becomes the first production waterproof car cover to offer level 3 autonomous driving technologies. There are five levels in total, the last one being fully automated driving without any intervention. of the driver and under any circumstances.mThe Traffic Jam Pilot system operates up to 60 km / h, and after a signal announces to the driver that the latter must regain control of the vehicle.

Obviously, such a system requires a lot of components. There are 12 sensors, four 360-degree cameras, a camera mounted on the front, another aimed at the driver to check if the driver is still awake, and six radars including a Li-DAR device.

Audi changes the name of its models

The German manufacturer Audi recently decided to review the name of its models. The transformation is not as important as that initiated by Mercedes-Benz last year, but the fact remains that all Audi models around the world will be affected.

The end result is quite easy to understand, but the Audi statement explaining the changes is quite complex to decipher. It is said that way to stay polite.

In simple terms, all Audi models will receive a new number to the right of the current nomenclature (A4, Q3, TT, R8 etc …). This number, which will vary from 30 to 70, indicates that the engine power is between such and such a number of horses.

For example, the number 30 designates Audi models which are powered by an engine whose power develops between 108 and 129 horses. The number 50 indicates an engine with a power ranging from 249 horsepower to 308 horsepower. The most powerful models at Audi, those powered by an engine over 536 horsepower, will receive the number 70.

So, an Audi A4 powered by the turbo four-cylinder engine of 252 horsepower becomes the Audi A4 50. In fact, it becomes the Audi A4 50 TFSI since Audi also adds the engine type next to the figure. Models with TDI engines will therefore receive this designation next to the number. Same thing for electrified models powered by e-Tron.

An Audi S5 will now be the Audi S5 55 TFSI since its engine develops 333 horsepower. An Audi S6 with 450 hp engine becomes an Audi S6 60 TFSI and so on …

It’s a safe bet that it’s not consumers who have asked for this change. But hey, he will be quickly forgotten.

Shanghai 2017: Audi e-tron Sportback Concept: style for an electric SUV

Audi is once again launching an eco-friendly sport utility with the presentation of the 2017 Audi e-tron Sportback Concept at the Shanghai Motor Show . Once again, we are promised a production before the end of the decade, Audi manages to surprise us with the aesthetics of its SUVs. It only remains to wait for the marketing, if it happens one day.

In terms of design, Audi hits a big blow where BMW and Mercedes-Benz have perhaps been a little less successful, ie give a look of “cut” to a sport utility. Without a shadow of a doubt, we recognize the features of Audi ‘s vast collection of SUV concepts in recent years, but this time, we go further, especially with the spectacular roofline. Taking the idea of ​​the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé , we arrive with a silhouette that is not unlike that of the late Acura ZDX . This observation is based mainly on the shape of the rear door and the fact that the flag collapses from the pillar B. Audi insists on the dynamism of this concept by giving it the name ”  Sportback “A name usually reserved exclusively for hatchbacks like the A7 and the A5 .

Always outside, we note the presence of cameras instead of mirrors to promote the flow of air and reduce wind noise. Subtle 23-inch wheels are also available in addition to hundreds of LEDs for both the optical blocks and the broad band of lights at the rear.

For the interior presentation, we find ourselves in the immediate future of Audi . Strict four places, we get an environment richly dressed by premium materials such as fine leathers and polished aluminum. There are also no less than three screens, including instrumentation, which will allow the management and control of shipboard controls.

Technically, as the name suggests, it is an electric vehicle, but equipped with three separate engines, but working together. With a mill in the front and two in the back, we arrive with a cumulative of 429 horses. These can reach 496 depending on the driving mode from the imposing 95 kWh battery. With such a large size, although the vehicle is very heavy, Audi estimates its autonomy to some 500 kilometers according to the European evaluation. That said, in America, we risk falling below 350km. However, no matter the continent, the 0-100km / h will be the case of 4.5 seconds.

Audi confirms a commercialization of the Audi e-tron Sportback Concept for the 2019 model year. Is this another promise or this time will be the right one? Only time drew him.