First introduced in 2015 as a concept, by the end of 2018, Audi officially launched its first fully electric electric car, with the name e-tron. It is known that this is the first fully electric motor vehicle to be commercialized by the leading German automobile manufacturer.
In the US market, the starting price of the car is $ 75,000 and in its segment, this vehicle will have to compete with other competitors such as Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-Pace or Mercedes-Benz EQC.
In terms of the overall design, the car has the feel of other big SUV SUV brothers, especially the Q8 launched last year. In terms of size, Audi e-tron has three-dimensional measurements including 4,900 mm long, 1,935 mm wide and 1,616 mm high, slightly smaller than the Q8 and a 5-seat design.
At the frontal view, the head of the car stands out with the grille like a traditional combustion engine, although it only has a decorative effect, highlighting the indispensable central location is the 4-circle logo. .
The steering wheel possesses air intake cavities with a size not too large, while the top impresses with a matrix-like LED headlight system with eye-catching and sharp patterns. The display version in Vietnam is covered with white and orange stamps with stylized e-tron lines running along the body and capo.
From the side, the car stands out with 20-inch wheels, which possess attractive patterns, making the car's legs look solid and firm. Audi also offers another wheeled option with a 21-inch diameter, which features more future performance.
Arranging immediately the position of the wheel cavity on both sides is the charging port, I stole thinking if the two power sources are plugged in at the same time, it will increase the charging speed of the car or not.
Similar to the Audi Q8 "brother", the taillights extend from side to side with vignettes as an arrow pointing inwards to bring a future to the car's tail.
In fact, since Porsche applied to the Panamera, this lamp seems to become a "trend" with the response of many firms, one of which must be mentioned is the Porsche Cayene Coupe just introduced a little while ago.
A small detail that is the Audi e-in brought on display is the standard version, so still use the traditional rearview mirror rather than using the digital rearview mirror as the more advanced version.
In some markets, national regulations have not yet adopted a solution to completely eliminate the traditional rearview mirror and replace it with digital mirrors, so Audi still offers both options. It is not clear what policies there are about this issue in Vietnam.
Entering the inside of the car, the most striking instant that impresses is the characteristic design of Audi with virtual cockpit Virtual Cockpit. The central control area is a 2-tier touch screen layout, above for the infotainment system as well as other features, below to customize the air conditioner.
This is not a normal touch screen but a haptic feedback. In order to click on a function on the screen, you must press a strong force and the screen below will respond to us.
The steering wheel is also quite special, with a double-spoke design and leather wrapped with white lines to create accents. Right behind the steering wheel is the digital watch table that looks absolutely beautiful.
In addition, all other hard buttons are gone and their task is to touch the screen. Some details also contribute to the highlight of the cabin of the car, such as the wood paneling in the taplo table, the orange thread stand out on the white high-class leather seats and chrome-plated details.
Thanks to the relatively large overall size, it is not difficult to understand when the space of the rear seats is quite good, thereby maximizing the comfort of the rear passengers, especially on long journeys. Audi E-Tron's luggage compartment has a large capacity of 660 liters and can be expanded to 1,725 liters when folding the rear seats.
Audi e-tron is of course also developed based on the MEB (Modulare E-Antriebs-Baukasten) electric vehicle, which has been poured a lot of money into the research investment by the Volkswagen Group and is expected to be used. for about 10 million electric cars they will produce in the future.
The car has 2 electric motors located at 2 bridges, they operate independently and form a quattro 4-wheel drive system. This pair of electric motors produces a total capacity of 355 hp and torque of up to 561 Nm.
In Boost mode, the maximum capacity of two electric motors is pushed up to more than 400 horsepower (300 kW), helping Audi e-tron accelerate 0-100 km / h takes 5.7 seconds, while not using This mode takes 6.6 seconds.
Audi claims the e-tron has a range of up to 400 km in one charge with WLTP testing. The e-tron lithium-ion battery pack has a capacity of 95 kWh, uses a liquid cooling system and supports 30-minute fast charging of 80% at fast charging stations.
Audi e-tron also incorporates an intelligent braking system capable of reinventing the battery system's power, combined with the mechanical brake system when needed.
In addition, thanks to the arrangement of two engines on both ends and the battery stretching across the floor, the e-tron has an ideal weight distribution ratio of 2 bridges at 50:50. In addition, the vehicle's air suspension system can change the 76mm light clearance, lift or lower depending on the travel conditions.
As far as I have discussed with Audi's representative in Vietnam, they still have no plans for the distribution of e-tron. Partly because the policies for electric cars are not yet available, in part because infrastructure conditions do not meet the demand. Hopefully I will soon see Audi e-tron rolling on the streets of Vietnam someday in the future.