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All-Electric Audi e-tron Revealed

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New vehicle reveals are always exciting, even if you knew the particular model was coming. While we’ve been hearing about the Audi e-tron electric SUV for quite a while, it was finally unveiled to industry insiders and fans alike on Sept. 17. The new EV is a five-seat luxury SUV looking to make a difference in a popular segment notorious for lower-than-optimal fuel efficiency.

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When it comes to power, the Audi e-tron has two electric motors to move the vehicle from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds, and they achieve maximum drive torque in 250 milliseconds to make pulling away from a stop a breeze. The two motors can also reach a top speed of 124 mph (not that it is how fast you should be driving). To boost efficiency, the SUV comes equipped with an innovative recuperation system that engineers estimate will preserve enough power to make up about 30 percent of the e-tron’s driving range. Actual mileage and range figures will be released closer to the vehicle’s release date.

The exterior of the Audi e-tron has been carefully designed to be as aerodynamic as is its size will allow for maximum efficiency. While most of us know that the overall shape of a vehicle matters for aerodynamics, other details many of us wouldn’t realize have an effect were also modified, like the 20-inch wheels and fully-clad underbody. The climate control systems for the powertrain and the cabin were also redesigned to reduce their impact on the Audi e-tron’s range.

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As soon as the Audi e-tron was unveiled, the German automaker opened up reservations to be first in line for the new model when it is released sometime in mid-2019. Here at The News Wheel, we’ll keep you informed of mileage and feature updates as they become available.