Audi has revealed the electric four-door E-Tron Gran Turismo.
It’s clear that the automotive industry is moving aggressively towards building more electric cars. Audi is fully in on the industry direction and has announced they will launch a four-door E-Tron Gran Turismo in the coming years. The announcement was made at the company’s annual press conference, and a sketch of a prototype version was presented as well.
According to Motor Trend, The E-Tron GT will be built on Volkswagen Group's J1 premium electric car platform shared with Porsche's Mission E sedan, which is expected to launch later this year. It is expected to compete with the Tesla Model S. In a statement, Audi AG Chairman Rupert Stadler said, “We interpret sportiness very progressively with our fully electric E-Tron GT, and this is how we will take our high-performance brand Audi Sport into the future.”
Audi is set to start production of the E-Tron GT around 2020 at their Böllinger Höfe facility near Stuttgart, Germany. The company currently builds the R8 at this facility, but future production of the supercar is currently in doubt, and it is expected to be phased out by 2020.
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Audi is set to bring its first fully electric vehicle to market later this year. The E-Tron Quattro SUV is expected to possess three electric motors that together create over 420 horsepower. That vehicle will be followed by the E-Tron Sportback, which is expected to come out in 2019. Both cars will be produced in Brussels, Belgium.
Audi also announced that the E-Tron Quattro SUV will cost about €80,000 ($98,650). That price is slightly more than the recently launched Jaguar I-Pace crossover, which will start at €77,850 ($95,970) in Germany when it goes on sale in June. The Tesla Model X crossover starts at €96,250 ($118,680) in Germany. Audi also announced that their crossover will make its debut in June in Shanghai.
Audi plans to have over 20 electric models available by 2025. Those vehicles are expected to make up a third of the company's unit sales. They are currently working with Porsche on new vehicle architectures to accommodate new electric vehicles. Audi certainly seems to be all in when it comes to the electric vehicle market, and hopefully, customers will soon follow in the automaker’s footsteps.