Audi Confirms All-Electric E-Tron Sportback for 2020

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, Contributing Writer - May 9, 2017

Audi's shift from diesel to electric power is accelerating. According to Automotive News, company executives at Audi have revealed that the E-Tron Sportback, shown as a concept at April's Shanghai auto show, will reach the US as a 2020 model, meaning it will likely hit dealers in 2019.

It will follow the late-2018 introduction of the E-Tron Quattro – a crossover with similar dimensions but boasting a less radical roofline and a roomier interior. Based on a variant of the same platform that underpins the Audi A4, A5, Q5, and Q7, but with at least 500 horsepower from an all-electric powertrain, the E-Tron Sportback will be a very different vehicle.

Audi notes that many of the concept's styling cues will be picked up for production. But beyond that, there will be concept-car-like tech on the production model – for example, cameras and organic LED screens will take the place of traditional mirrors, in markets where that sort of tech is legal.

With those kind of features and a 500-horsepower powertrain, then, the $70,000 price tag Automotive News floated makes a degree of sense. As Audi diversifies after parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, it's likely we'll hear a lot more about the E-Tron Sportback in the next few years. Stay tuned.

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Steve Cypher is a contributing writer for CarsDirect.com and Senior Editor for Lotpro.com. When not covering the latest automotive news or reviewing vehicles, Steve calls upon his years of experience selling cars to explain the car buying process and all things subprime at AutoCreditExpress.com.

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