Many may not remember the Audi Concept Shanghai that the brand introduced earlier this year, but perhaps its production version will refresh your memory. It is an electric SUV that our spies already had the opportunity to capture with its characteristic camouflage and that has now been almost completely leaked thanks to images published on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT ).
Follow in the footsteps of the VW ID.6
The photographs are part of the homologation process that all new cars sold in the Asian country go through. Despite bearing the Q5 badge, the new model has very little in common with the midsize luxury crossover, as we are dealing with a larger electric SUV paired with the Volkswagen ID.6. We are, therefore, before a three-row vehicle with the same length of 4,876 millimeters as its Wolfsburg cousin. The wheelbase is identical too, extending by a generous 2,965mm, meaning its wheelbase is even less than the 3.00m of the Hyundai Ioniq 5.
At the moment no image of the interior has transcended, but at least we can the exterior of the Audi Q5 e-Tron from different angles. MIIT's website also lists several alloy wheel designs and paint options, including a bright orange hue that is probably reserved for the more expensive versions. There are also slightly different headlamps depending on the engine and finish chosen by the customer, as well as two-tone rear-view mirrors.
The three available versions of this electric SUV have been unveiled, these being the 35, 40, and 50 e-Tron, mechanically related to the VW ID.6 with one and two engines. The four-ring model based on the MEB platform will be available with two rear-wheel-drive options and a single electric motor, with outputs of 180 and 204 horsepower. In the case of the Volkswagen, the maneuver from 0 to 100 km / h is completed in 9.3 seconds, while the more performance alternative needs two tenths less
With all-wheel drive
Above these two engines is the option with the highest performance, a 50 e-Tron that is accompanied by two electric motors and four-wheel drive. In total, the pair of electric units are capable of generating more than 300 horsepower and will be able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h from standstill in about 6.6 seconds. Those wondering how much the all-wheel-drive-equipped model weighs, the MIIT website says it pulls the scales at 2,410 kilograms, which is pretty much the same as a Bentley Bentayga V8.
The official debut should be around the corner, presumably by the end of the month when the Chengdu Auto Show is scheduled to kick off (August 27). Like the ID.6, the Q5 e-Tron is expected to be an exclusive product from China, as the brand plans to introduce its Q6 e-Tron to the rest of the world, much more sophisticated and with the PPE platform being in charge of giving life to the cousin of the Porsche Macan EV.