The list of upcoming cars aimed right at the Tesla Model S has just grown, according to a new report. Audi is in the early stages of developing a range-topping, all-electric sedan that’s set to arrive before the end of the decade.
Tentatively called A9 e-tron, the sedan will share the bulk of its drivetrain with the Q6 e-tron, a crossover that’s billed as Audi’s first full-production battery-powered model. That means it will ride on a modular platform designed specifically for electric models, and it will be powered by no less than three electric asynchronous motors. The drivetrain will zap all four wheels with 425 horsepower and and nearly 600 pound-feet of torque in its most basic state of tune.
The A9 e-tron will be capable of driving for over 300 miles between charges, while inductive charging technology will send the power cord to the history book. Additionally, the A9 will come equipped with Audi’s answer to Tesla’s Autopilot suite of driver assistance features. British magazine Autocar has learned that it will feature level four autonomy, which means it will be able to drive itself in a variety of conditions both on and off the highway.
The Audi A9 e-tron is expected to land in showrooms by 2020. Like the Q6 e-tron, it will most likely be previewed by a close-to-production concept at a major auto show.
Note: Audi e-tron quattro concept pictured. Photos by Ronan Glon.