The 2020 Audi E-tron Sportback that was revealed Tuesday night put a familiar twist on the crossover already on sale, but with an electric twist.
Audi lifted the cover on the new e-tron Sportback just ahead of the first press day at the L.A. auto show, and it’s basically an evolution, rather than a revolutionary redo of the current e-tron. There are two versions available, with the more desirable (and more powerful) 55 quattro slated for U.S. sale. It offers a combined 413 lb-ft of torque from two electric motors, one at each axle. And you can mainline the Red Bull hit for a brief, eight-second burst in Sport mode, cranking torque to 489 lb-ft. 0-60 mph takes place in the mid-five-second range. Official EPA range data is not available just yet, but Audi is targeting around 220 miles of range – a solid improvement over the e-tron SUV’s 204-mile range thanks to the more aerodynamic Sportback styling and an extremely low drag coefficient of just 0.25.
Audi describes the e-tron Sportback’s exterior styling as “elegant, efficient, and expressive.” We say it also looks quite muscular. The roof extends flat over the body and drops steeply to the rear, flowing into the steeply raked D-pillars. Notice that the lower edge of the third side window rises towards the rear.
There’s enough seating for up to five passengers and rear headroom is only 0.8-inch less than in the e-tron SUV. Storage remains plentiful, thanks in part to the 2.1 cubic inch frunk, which also stores the charging cable. There’s a total of 21.7 cubic feet of luggage capacity and this increases to 58.4 cubic feet by folding down the rear seat backrests. The rear tailgate opens and closes electronically via foot movement.
The coolest feature of the E-Tron Sportback is its available Digital Matrix LED headlights. Units that Audi says will illuminate the road in “high resolution.” The heart of this system is a small chip with no less than one million micromirrors.
Audi doesn’t have official pricing listed for the E-Tron Sportback, we imagine it’ll be a few thousand dollars more expensive than its traditionally shaped sibling.