2020 AUDI e-TRON SPORTBACK
The much-awaited 2019 Audi e-Tron SUV went on sale last May. Now, Audi brings us the e-Tron Sportback.
It has a more sloped roofline compared to the jelly bean silhouette of the current SUV. The shape improves its aerodynamics and boosts the overall range of the vehicle to 277 miles which is equivalent to 446km, a 22-mile increase over the existing e-Tron.
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Audi was able to improve the range by increasing the net battery capacity. It also decoupled the front motor and improved thermal management.
The Sportback is powered by two electric motors, one on the front axle and the other on the rear. The motors deliver a combined output of 402 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. When not in use, the motors shut down to save energy.
Audi also replaced traditional side mirrors with skinny, wing-shaped virtual ones to reduce drag. These smaller mirrors use high-definition cameras instead of a reflective surface to capture the vicinity in their field of vision.
The image is displayed on an OLED screen between the instrument panel and the door. The mirrors can adjust to three driving scenarios: on the highway, when turning and during parking manoeuvres. The Audi e-Tron Sportback will be offered on the $80,000 SUV when it goes on sale late next year.
Audi is known for its lighting, and the company has made this a key feature in the Sportback. The vehicle has new digital matrix headlights that break down light into tiny pixels. The result is precise lighting that has high resolution.
Inside the headlight is a digital micromirror device that acts like a video projector. Inside the DMD is a small chip from Texas Instruments that contains one million micromirrors. These micromirrors can be tilted up to 5,000 times per second.
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