According to Audi, the 2020 model year will see the arrival of a fully electric, self-driving luxury sedan called the E-tron. Our friends at TopSpeed.com have whipped up a rendering of what the 2020 Audi A9 E-tron might look like — and we like what we see.
Although this rendering is far from official, it takes today’s Audi lines and gives them a stretched look to approximate the dimensions of a full-size luxury sedan like the A9 E-tron. It also gives the car a fresher, more modern look than today’s Audi models — which makes sense given the A9’s debut is still four years away. Most importantly, the rendering shows the A9 E-tron with a more aerodynamic appearance than the brand’s other sedans, with a Tesla-style sloped rear end that will improve its range.
So what exactly is the Audi A9 E-tron? Think of it as Audi’s Tesla-fighter. Forget about plug-in hybrids with measly range figures: the A9 E-tron will be a fully electric (and fully autonomous) luxury sedan that can reportedly travel 300 miles between charges. The only drawback for drivers eager to embrace the future is that Audi says the A9 E-tron is still at least four years away from production.
With that said, drivers interested in an electric Audi might get what they want a little sooner: The brand recently showed off a concept version of an all-electric SUV, dubbed the Q6 E-tron, which could reach the market as soon as 2018.