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Audi Vietnam launches the new all electric Audi e-tron SUV, enjoy the new mobility

Audi Vietnam launches the new all electric Audi e-tron SUV, enjoy the new mobility

Ho Chi Minh City, October 26th, 2022

  • Sporty progressive and electric, the Audi e-tron SUV quattro makes sustainable mobility electrifyingly fun to drive for everyday use
  • The all-electric Audi e-tron SUV combines elegance with powerful performance, high-tech features and great convenience
  • „The roomy interior space, premium materials and high level of equipment all make the Audi e-tron a SUV from the upper segment“ highlights Laurent Genet, Audi Vietnam official Importer general Director

The brand with the four rings presents its full-size fully electric SUV blending sportiness with everyday practicality. Its two electric motors together with electric all-wheel drive provide for awesome performance and agile handling. The large high-voltage battery ensures up to 417 kilometers (Audi e-tron 55) or 336 kilometers (Audi e-tron 50) autonomy in the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) driving cycle. In combination with a comprehensive range of charging options for home and on the move, customers can enjoy fully electric driving without having to compromise.

Visibly electric

The Audi e-tron reflects the fundamental formal idiom of Audi design – translated into the electric age by new, stylistically defining details. Typically for one of the brand’s SUV models, the Audi e-tron bears the octagonal-design Singleframe grille with vertical struts. Its corpus is largely enclosed and presented in platinum gray – identifying it as a fully electric model. At the lower edge of the Matrix LED headlights, four horizontal struts create the e-tron-specific signature in the daytime running lights. For the first time this is integrated directly into the headlights. The expressive design of the sill area with the black inserts visualizes the location of the battery and thus the energy center of the Audi e-tron. At the sculpted rear end, the long roof edge spoiler and the wide diffuser emphasize the horizontal and thus the sporty character of the electric-powered SUV. A light strip – a typical feature of Audi’s top models – connects the LED rear lights. With their horizontal emphasis and segmented appearance, the tail lights echo the graphics of the daytime running lights. The wheel arch underscore the off-road look. At the rear, slats in the wide diffuser call attention to the omission of exhaust pipes. The electric SUV is available in a choice of ten colors, including the exclusive shade Antigua blue. The e-tron logo on the electric charging flap and the brake calipers stand out in the high-voltage signal color orange.

The spacious, airy interior, design embodies performance, intelligence and lightness. The large arc stretches across the expansive instrument panel to the sculpted door trims, taking in-car digitization to a whole new level. The center tunnel console rests on open sidewalls. Seeming to float above it is the hand rest with integrated shifter, which the driver operates with thumb and forefinger. Lightness and performance are fused into one. The entire driver’s area has a driver bias, and the two large MMI touch response displays are angled in the driver’s direction. With Audi virtual cockpit plus, the driver can choose between two views that clearly present all information in the form of sharp, high-resolution graphics. The comprehensive comfort features paired with high-quality materials and fine workmanship make electric mobility a premium experience.

Generous interior space

The Audi e-tron is an electric SUV for sport, family and leisure. Its 4,901 millimeters length, 1,935 millimeters width and 1,616 millimeters height offer the spaciousness and comfort of one of the brand’s typical full-size models. With a wheelbase of 2,928 millimeters, the Audi e-tron has ample space for five occupants along with their bags. Interior length, head room in front and rear as well as knee room in the second seat row are top-class in the full-size SUV segment. In the rear, a flat plateau – instead of the center tunnel usually found in conventional models – creates additional space. Luggage capacity is 660 liters, equipping the electric SUV for major tours. The practical storage compartment beneath the front hatch accommodates 60 liters including the car tool kit and mobile charger cable. With the rear seat backs folded down, the Audi e-tron has up to 1,725 liters of luggage space, and the power tailgate makes loading easy.

Powerful performance everywhere

Efficiency, performance and quiet tranquility – the Audi e-tron exemplifies the driving experience of a new era. Two electric motors drive the electric SUV powerfully, free of emissions, and almost silently, with a system output of up to 230 kW and 540 Nm of torque (Audi e-tron 50), or 265 kW and 561 Nm of torque (Audi e-tron 55). The maximum drive torque is always present within fractions of a second and provides enormous torque. The standard sprint takes 6.8 seconds (Audi e-tron 50) or 6.6 seconds (Audi e-tron 55). The start-off performance, for example at a traffic light, is comparable to that of a sports car. The maximum drive torque is available within fractions of a second and provides enormous pulling power. Top speed is an electronically-limited 190 km/h (Audi e-tron 50) or 200 km/h (Audi e-tron 55).

In the Audi e-tron 55, asynchronous motors can increase their output for a short period of time. By shifting from drive range D to S and fully depressing the right-hand pedal, the driver can activate boost mode. It is available for eight seconds. Here, the drive produces 300 kW of system output and 664 Nm of torque: 135 kW of boost output with 309 Nm of torque at the front, 165 kW with 355 Nm at the rear. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.7 seconds.

New quattro generation

The electric all-wheel drive provides for superlative traction and handling on any terrain and in any weather conditions. It continuously and fully variably regulates the ideal distribution of drive torques between the two axles – within a fraction of a second. In most cases, the electric SUV mainly uses its rear electric motor in order to achieve the highest efficiency. If the driver demands more power than it can supply, the electric all-wheel drive redistributes torque as required to the front axle. This also happens predictively even before slip occurs when cornering fast, or if the car understeers or oversteers. The dynamic talents of the Audi e-tron are especially apparent at low coefficients of friction. A key factor for the sporty character and outstanding transverse dynamics is the low and central position at which the drive components are installed. The battery system is optimally matched to the dimensions of the Audi e-tron and is located between the axles in the form of a flat, broad block beneath the passenger compartment. That makes the Audi e-tron’s center of gravity similar to that of a sedan. Axle load distribution is perfectly balanced at almost 50:50.

The front and rear suspensions of the electric SUV are five-link designs for optimal absorption of transverse and longitudinal forces. Its mounts are sportily rigid in a transverse direction and supple and soft longitudinally to improve comfort coupled with enhanced driving dynamics. Audi wraps the aerodynamically optimized 20-inch wheels with 255/50 tires that boast low rolling resistance without compromising handling or braking performance. Progressive steering becomes more direct with increasing steering angle, which provides handling advantages when maneuvering and in tight curves. The car can be moved agilely and precisely with little steering effort. All the while it feels astonishingly light-footed. Steering boost is increased at low speeds for easier maneuverability.

Audi Drive Select

With Audi drive select, the driver can vary the characteristics of the Audi e-tron between seven profiles depending on the driving situation, road conditions or personal preferences. The air suspension pneumatic springs adjust individually to the road conditions depending on the speed and the driver’s preferences, varying the ride height by as much as 76 millimeters starting from the basic setting of 172 millimeters. On the highway, the body is lowered by as much as 26 millimeters, which improves stability and the aerodynamics, thus facilitating a long range. In offroad mode, it increases ground clearance by 35 millimeters. A lower ride height improves aerodynamics, thus increasing the range. If the driver also activates the “Lift” function in Audi drive select, the body is raised an additional 15 millimeters. In conjunction with the front angle of approach of 18.2 degrees and the rear angle of approach of 24.4 degrees with the offroad setting, the Audi e-tron is well prepared to tackle gentle offroad terrain. The ramp angle of the electric SUV is 16.8 degrees in this configuration. In case of flooding, the Audi e-tron SUV has a wading capacity of 50 centimeters.

Efficient recuperation

The Audi e-tron can cover up to 417 kilometers (Audi e-tron 55) or 336 kilometers (Audi e-tron 50) on a single charge in the WLTP test cycle. The innovative recuperation system gets back up to 30 percent of the range by coasting recuperation when the driver releases the accelerator, or by braking recuperation when the brake pedal is depressed. The electric motors function as a generator and convert the kinetic energy of the Audi e-tron into electric energy. At up to 0.3 g of deceleration, the electric SUV recuperates solely via the electric motors, about 90 percent of the time. The wheel brakes are involved only when the driver decelerates by more than 0.3 g using the brake pedal. When braking from 100 km/h, the Audi e-tron can recuperate electric power with a maximum of 300 Nm and 220 kW, over 70 percent of its operating energy input. Depending on the driving situation, the electrohydraulically integrated brake control system decides whether the SUV will use the electric motor, the wheel brake or a combination of the two acting on each axle individually for recuperation. Powerful 18-inch brakes in the high-voltage signal color orange work on the large wheels –with six-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear.

Sophisticated aerodynamics

At the front, the two electrically operated louvers behind the Singleframe adjust air intake cooling. The side air inlets channel the airstream outside of the standard aerodynamically optimized 20-inch wheels, cooling the front brakes. Their design is flatter than with conventional wheels, thus reducing the aerodynamic drag. The 255/50 tires are optimized for low rolling resistance, and their flanks are aerodynamically designed –the lettering is recessed rather than raised. The adaptive air suspension also contributes to the low drag coefficient. From speeds of 120 km/h, it lowers the body of the Audi e-tron by 26 millimeters from the normal height of 172 millimeters. The Audi e-tron SUV achieves a Cd value of 0.28, a good result for a SUV.

Advanced aeroacoustics for relaxed atmosphere

Absorbing and insulating materials in the Audi e-tron effectively reduce solid-borne and airborne sound. Design-related openings and cavities within the body are sealed and filled systematically. Textile fabric and microfiber fleeces line the wheel arches to absorb noise. Relevant areas are also coated with a special material to reduce metal sheets vibration. The electric motors are enclosed in noise-reducing capsules. Even the underbody paneling is designed accordingly. In the interior, specifically configured components, such as foam-backed carpets, ensure minimal noise in the Audi e-tron.

As a rule, wind noise becomes the overriding component in any car from a speed of 85 km/h. With the Audi e-tron, however, it remains very low and barely reaches the occupants thanks to intensive finishing touches on door seals, exterior mirrors and water-catching strips. The passengers can talk to each other comfortably even at high speeds. The windshield comes standard with double glazing. When driving in the city, the Audi e-tron’s electric drive radiates an almost perfect sense of calm. The only sounds are from its tires and the gentle hum of the electric motors. A small controller generates a technically futuristic sound that is played back through a loudspeaker in the right wheel arch to alert others to the car’s presence. When the car reverses, the sound level increases so it is clearly perceptibleat the rear.

Premium comfort

The Audi e-tron SUV’s spaciousness, comfort and convenience is from the upper segment. The panoramic glass sunroof keeps the interior even lighter and intensifies the impression of airiness and space. The four-zone automatic air conditioning contribute to the airy feel. Manual shades add to the privacy feeling. In the dark, the contour/ambient lighting package with 30 adjustable colors LED lights effectively brings the interior to life. It softly illuminates surfaces such as doors and the instrument panel, making them appear to float. The e-tron logo with its unique graphic extending over the entire width of the passenger side is backlit. A standard feature is the welcome sound that plays when the engine is started to signal that you have entered a luxury lounge. Design and technology are fused into the interior of the Audi e-tron. A generous arc, the wraparound, envelops the cascading instrument panel with pronounced horizontal lines as far round as the sculptural door trims.

The Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with 3D soundup front lends the Audi e-tron additional acoustic quality. A small speaker in each A-pillar reproduces the spatial dimension of height; the windshield reflects the sound they emit. The music unfolds exactly how it was recorded –without any artificial effects. The highly efficient amplifier drives 16 loudspeakers with 705 watts.

Ergonomic controls

The driver’s area has a strong driver bias with two MMI touch screens with haptic feedback in black-panel design angled to the driver. When off, the 10.1 inches upper one blends almost invisibly into the large black-panel surface. In clear contrast, the 8.6 inches lower display is incorporated into the broad center console. Both touch displays present all images and information on a black background. Open sidewalls imbue the center tunnel console with the character of a slender, lightweight sculpture. In addition to a stowage compartment, it also incorporates cup holders. The leather-covered hand rest appears to floatabove the console. It incorporates the shifter and the electronic parking brake. The driver shifts by tapping with his or her thumb and forefinger.

Matrix LED headlights with intelligent high-beam control includes other functions such as dynamic turn signals, daytime running lights with e-tron signature, light strip accross the rear with lighting animations when the SUV is opened and closed.

The Audi e-tron comes standard with two USB ports for playing back music from an MP3 player or smartphone through the car’s loudspeakers. Two additional ports in the rear are available in the Audi e-tron 55 Advanced. The Audi smartphone interfacelinks customers’ iOS and Android cell phones and places their Apple Car Play or Android Auto environment on the MMI display.

The 360 degree cameras providing multiple views to facilitate centimeter-precision maneuvering, show crossing traffic and give a detailed view of the wheels. Its highlight is the 3D view with freely selectable perspective. Parking Aid plus eases the parking process. Assistance systems contributing to safety include progressive steering, head-up display, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control, electronic immobilizer, remote control key with keyless entry.

Premium workmanship

The Audi e-tron SUV interior reaches the highest quality standards in workmanship, upholstery materials, colors and inlays. The leather leatherette combination over the comfort seats in the Audi e-tron 50 extends to an elegant Valcona leather with a very fine and pleasantly warm surface in the Audi e-tron 55 Advanced. At the front, the center armrest add to the overall comfort, the seats are electrically adjustable with lumbar support, and the driver seats comes with memory.

The instrument panel is covered in leather as standard and has gray polymer inlays. The upper part of the dashboard is covered in leatherette. Inlays in dark, matt brushed aluminum, a leather multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles and illuminated door sill trims emphasize the classy look.

Easy charging

At the push of a button, the motorized charging flap in the driver-side fender opens toward the front to reveal the connector illuminated by a white LED. Next to it is a second LED that indicates the status. A pulsing green light means charging is active; a steady green light means charging is complete. When the plug is disconnected, the charging flap closes automatically within five seconds. Together with the second charger, Audi provides an additional connector on the passenger side for AC charging.

Up to 150 kW fast DC charging

The large high-voltage battery can store up to 95 kWh of energy (e-tron 55) or 71 kWh (e-tron 50) ensuring long range. There is generally no need to stop at charging stations during every day driving. The standard mobile charging system can be used with either a 230 volt household outlet or a 400 volt three-phase outlet. Refill at home on a standard power socket for up to 336 km (Audi e-tron 50) or 417 km (e-tron 55) on a single charge (WLTP). The electric SUV can also be recharged with alternating current (AC). Supplied with the car, the mobile E-tron charging system compact up to 11 kW (AC) ensures full charging in at least 8 hours (0-100%) conveniently at home. Recharge faster on an industrial power socket up to 22 kW (AC), using the compatible plug included or even extremely fast connecting in DC up to 150 kW. On the move, Mode-3 charging cable with type 2 plug comes handy for public charging stations up to 11 kW (AC), or super fast from charging stations up to 150 kW (DC). The Audi e-tron is all set for the next long-distance stretch of a journey in approximately half an hour.

Fast charging in Ho Chi Minh City

Audi customers can enjoy DC 180 kW fast charging at Audi Tan Binh where 180 KW DC fast charging stations ABB Terra 184 outdoor allow two cars charging at the same time - one car can charge fully in up to 20-30 minutes. In addition, inside the Workshop, one ABB DC Wallbox 24 24KW can fully charge a car under 3 hours, in the Handover area one ABB Terra AC W22 wall charger recharges in 4-6 hours, and in the Showroom, one ABB Terra AC 11 wall box charger recharges in 6-8 hours.

Audi Ho Chi Minh City in District 1 is now renovated to become the next Audi fast-charging site for Audi customers by End 2022. An attractive fast-charging network is a central component of the comprehensive electric ecosystem for dependable charging that Audi is now starting to offer in the South and will keep expanding in Vietnam.

High voltage battery

The battery which operates with a nominal voltage of 396 volts is located beneath the cabin and is 2.28 meters long, 1.63 meters wide and 34 centimeters high. It comprises a total of 36 cell modules in square aluminum housings, arranged on two levels. The cell modules can be densely packed to achieve a very high output and energy density in the volume available. Each module is equipped with twelve pouch cells having a flexible outer skin of aluminum-coated polymer. An indirect cooling system distinct from the cell space ensures the high-performance operation of the battery over the long term. Heat is exchanged between the cells and the cooling system beneath them via a thermally conductive gel pressed beneath each cell module. The gel evenly transfers the waste heat to the coolant via the battery housing. The effective thermal management system in the Audi e-tron guarantees long battery life and reproducible road performance even under heavy load. Four circuits connected cool the electric motors and rotors, the power electronics and the charger, plus the interior and the high-voltage battery. The rotors, which reach up to 13,300 revolutions per minute during real vehicle operation, consist of magnetically conductive electrical sheets and lightweight, high-purity aluminum. Coolant flows through the inside of the shafts to keep temperature below 180 degrees Celsius. 22 liters of coolant circulate around the 40 meters of cooling pipes in the Audi e-tron. The stators and end shields of the electric motors are also water-cooled. Thermal management keeps the battery within its optimal efficiency range of 25 to 35 degrees Celsius in all situations, contributing to long service life.

Aluminum and steel body for safety

As a typical Audi car, the body of the Audi e-tron is a hybrid construction of aluminum and steel. If the housing of the high-voltage battery is included, aluminum comprises 40 percent of the body. The remaining 60 percent breaks down into 17 percent hot-shaped steel and 43 percent cold-shaped steel. The Audi e-tron 50 has an unladen weight of 2,470 kilograms which is typical for an electric SUV. All attachments, such as the doors, front hood and rear tailgate as well as the rear floor pan are made of aluminum. The crossbars in the engine compartment as well as the cross-members behind the front and rear bumpers are aluminum sections, whereas the strut domes are made of cast aluminum. Key components made of hot-shaped and thus ultra-high-strength steel –the A-and B-pillars, roof members, center tunnel, interior sills, floor cross-members and rear longitudinal members –comprise the strong backbone of the occupant cell. In a head-on collision, the three stress planes in the front end absorb the forces.

Safety and rigidity protect the battery

To protect the high-voltage battery, a strong enclosing frame of cast aluminum nodes and extruded sections, plus an aluminum plate 3.5millimeters thick protect against damage from stone impacts or curbs. Inside, a framework-like aluminum structure reinforces the battery system, holding the cell modules like a typecase. Including the housing with crash structures comprising 47 percent extruded aluminum sections, 36 percent aluminum sheet and 17 percent die cast aluminum parts, the battery system weighs around 700 kilograms. It is bolted to the body structure of the Audi e-tron at 35 points. This increases its torsional rigidity by 27 percent and contributes to the high level of the safety of the Audie-tron, as does the cooling system bonded to the outside of the battery housing. Compared to a conventional SUV, the Audi e-tron offers 45 percent higher torsional rigidity, a key parameter for precise handling and acoustic comfort.

Carbon neutral and sustainable Audi e-tron production

The Audi e-tron is being built in the CO2-neutral plant in Brussels. Founded in 1949, the factory is a pioneer in electromobility and sustainability. After becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral, large-scale production facility in the premium segment in 2018, the Audi plant in Brussels was awarded the title of Factory of the Future in 2020. Audi Brussels‘ solar power system covers more than 107,000 square meters. Each year, it saves Audi Brussels around 1,900 tons of CO2 and generates over 9,000 megawatt hours of electricity – enough to supply about 2,500 households with electricity for a year. In November 2021, the Audi e-tron SUV was the eight millionth car produced at the factory. In January 2022, Audi Brussels won the 2021 Industrial Excellence Award Belgium.

Electric has gone Audi

The Audi e-tron SUV launch at Vietnam Motor Show 2022, follows the Audi e-tron GT launch in July. It is keeping with the brand’s long term plans that will see Audi achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. More than 20 e-models are set to join the Audi lineup by the year 2025 and internationally, the brand will launch more electric cars than models with combustion engines this year.

The Audi e-tron quattro benefits from a three years warranty with no limit on mileage during that period, the battery warranty is eight years or 160,000 kilometers.

During Vietnam Motor Show 2022, the launch retail price of the Audi e-tron 50 quattro is starting from 2.97 billion VND including VAT.

“The age of new mobility is starting here, and this is the perfect time for Vietnam Motor Show 2022 visitors to come to the Audi stand to experience the new Audi e-tron SUV available for immediate delivery in Vietnam” concludes Tran Tan Trung, Audi Vietnam official Dealer General Director.

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