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2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Audi Elaine concept car

By CARSIFU | 14 September 2017


FRANKFURT: Sporting a familiar face, the exterior of the Audi Elaine concept car was unveiled a few months ago as the Audi e-tron Sportback design study and technology demonstrator at Auto Shanghai in China. The IAA debutant shares its body line, electric drive and not least its distinctive exterior lighting with the precursor to the second production electric car from Audi.

The 23-inch wheels in a technical 6-spoke design highlight the presence of the SUV coupe, whilst an exterior length of 4.90 metres, a width of 1.98 metres and a height of 1.53 metres with a wheelbase of 2.93 metres position the Audi Elaine in the C segment, close to the Audi A7.

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The interior is bright and designed for simplicity. Functions are clearly structured, the number of control elements vastly reduced. Expansive touchscreens below the central display, on the center console and in the door trims supply information and interact with the on-board systems.

Horizontal surfaces on the dashboard and the seemingly floating center console convey a sense of open perspectives for the four passengers in their individual seats.

The concept car’s lighting technology is an innovation that is visible both during the day and at night. Digitally controlled Matrix LED units at the front and rear produce an excellent light yield. Minuscule Digital Matrix projectors literally make their mark on the road ahead, turning light into a versatile, dynamic channel of communication with the surroundings.

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For its drive, the Audi Elaine uses a configuration that Audi will use in future production models with all-electric drive: One electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear power all four wheels, transforming the high-performance coupé into a quattro in typical Audi style.

The Audi Elaine sprints from 0 to 100 kph in just 4.5 seconds and with the battery’s energy content of 95 kilowatt-hours, its range is in excess of 500km. There are two options for charging the battery: a wired fast charging function at 150 kW or wireless charging via the Audi Wireless Charging system.

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