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.