A concept vehicle that sees the production line? The Audi E-Tron Sportback Concept is one of the first. It’s hard to see the final production car keeping the concept styling, but it can damn sure keep what’s under the hood.

It’s obvious automakers look at Tesla and see the future. Now they want a piece of the action (compete with SpaceX so we can make The Expanse a reality) in the electric car market. The expected production date is 2019 with the keyword being ‘expected.’ Powering the Audi E-Tron Concept will be one electric motor on the front axle and two on the rear. Each draws power from a low-mounted battery pack capable of delivering 370kW.

The 370kW figure works out to roughly 500 hp or a 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Not as fast as a Tesla, but it makes up for it with over 300 miles of range between charges.

Audi e-tron sportback side

Audi e-tron sportback overhead

Audi E-Tron Features

Besides the obvious perks of ditching the gas station, the concept borrows the 23-inch wheels from the A7. The headlights are digitally controlled Matrix LEDs, and inside, say goodbye to the old school cluster of gauges. Screens everywhere. Can you imagine the fingerprints inside? It’ll be a CSI dream. Even the side mirrors are replaced with screens.

Audi e-tron sportback interior

While it screams concept that’ll never see the light of day, Audi insists the car will make it onto the production line before the end of the decade. Get rid of the Minority Report styling, and it’s a damn winner. No word on pricing, but it’s an Audi. The automaker isn’t known for its budget offerings.

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