Audi A9 e-tron to arrive in 2020?

Audi A9 e-tron to arrive in 2020?

Audi chief Rupert Stadler has hinted at a production time-frame for its A9 e-tron.

The company has not explicitly identified the electric flagship sedan by name, though Stadler promised Autocar it will be positioned “as high up as possible, in the A8 segment.”

If the hints and speculation prove accurate, the A9 will serve as a showcase for Volkswagen Group’s latest electrification and autonomous technologies. By 2020 the company is expected to be ready for Level 4 compliance, essentially capable of full autonomy in nearly all circumstances and conditions.

The A9 e-tron is said to borrow powertrain technology currently under development for the Q6 e-tron, with three electric motors to provide high output specs and all-wheel drive. Both are expected to share a 95-kWh battery mounted below the passenger floor.

Audi R&D head Stefan Knirsch suggests Audi will distinguish its EVs from the competition via “significant differences in the torque vectoring, the four-wheel drive set-up and the power electronic packages.”

Stadler promises the company will have three EVs in its lineup by 2020, starting with the production version of the e-tron quattro concept.

“By 2025, 25% of our line-up will be battery-driven models,” he added.