The new Audi e-tron GT concept previews a sleek, electric four-door coupe due in 2020, and it's set to make its LA debut this evening
The covers come off the new Audi e-tron GT concept at the Los Angeles Motor Show tonight but, ahead of its official reveal, Audi has delivered an eyeopening, early look at its all-electric four-door coupe.
Three new teaser images almost reveal the car, which will become a production model in 2020, in full. Like the pre-reveal of the e-tron SUV at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the e-tron GT concept pictured here wears extensive ‘zebra’ print style masking, hiding only some of its finer details.
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The all-new EV will join the upcoming e-tron and e-tron Sportback early in the coming decade, based on the same basic electric architecture as the Porsche Taycan and designed to rival everything from that car to the Tesla Model S.
The “sporty spearhead” was announced at Audi’s Annual Press Conference in Ingolstadt, along with detailed information on the firm’s 2017 financial results.
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Viewed in profile the e-tron GT concept appears remarkably similar to the A7 Sportback. A lot of the detailing is similar too, such as the full-width LED lighting signature spanning the tailgate, the strong rear shoulders and the rear quarter windows. Up front it gets a fairly unique face for the brand though, using a faux-grille popular on many modern EVs, plus a pair of new headlights. Interestingly, camera-style wing mirrors are absent – you’ll find them on the e-tron SUV.
We haven’t seen inside but the interior is expected to mirror other recent Audi launches, with a Virtual Cockpit display as standard, as well as the brand’s new dual-display touchscreen setup.
The production car is being developed by Audi Sport. The brand promises that the finished item will be a “highly dynamic” electric four-door GT.
The car will be built at Audi’s Bollinger Hofe site near Neckarsulm, 240km to the west of Ingolstadt. Bosses made no hint as to where the GT would be sold, but it’s likely the firm will prioritise markets like China and the US, before concentrating efforts on western Europe and the UK.
Earlier this year, former Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said: “We interpret sportiness very progressively with our fully electric e-tron GT. This is how we will take our high-performance brand Audi Sport into the future.”
The e-tron GT will form part of Audi’s electrified future – a portfolio that will span more than 20 models by 2025. Audi hopes its EV and PHEV models will account for one third of all sales by the middle of the next decade.
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