Audi Serves Up E-Tron in Increasingly Popular Sportback Guise

Audi Serves Up E-Tron in Increasingly Popular Sportback Guise

Published: December 5, 2019 | By: American Luxury Staff

After revealing its A5 Sportback at the Paris Motor Show two months ago, Audi took to the annual Los Angeles automotive exposition to reveal the production version of its future-wise cousin, the 2020 e-tron Sportback.

The coupe appeared as a concept back in 2017, as Audi was pushing exposure of its e-tron division hard; the following year saw the announcement of the automaker’s 14 billion-euro investment in EV tech and production facilities as the company revealed the lovely e-tron GT concept at the 2018 L.A. Motor Show.

The production e-tron Sportback loses the futurist riffs of the concept—this is a consumer car now, not auto news fodder—and its form comes off as appealingly sporty. The roof spoiler from the concept has been moved down to the lip, and the 500-LED light frame of the grille is, not surprisingly, no more.

The biggest news is the car’s improved efficiency, which translates to better range: the e-tron Sportback can now travel about 275 miles on a full charge. It has 414 lb-ft of torque available, making it a workhorse, and a fast one; a boost mode allows short bursts of nearly 500 lb-ft.

This year’s Los Angeles show brings the company closer to its future, and the reveal comes, once again, with a concurrent announcement of a heavy additional investment in EV: 12 billion euros, this time around. But such heavy investments need funding, and elsewhere in auto news came word from Audi that 10% of its German workforce would be eliminated by 2025, with the proceeds routed to next-gen automotive R&D.

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