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Targeting Tesla Model X: 2017 Audi Q8 e-tron All-Electric Crossover Utility

For the most part, the selection of truly practical electric vehicles–or even hybrids, for that matter–has been relatively poor.

In terms of all-electric crossovers, there’s the Toyota RAV4 EV and… well, the Toyota RAV4 EV. That’ll change when Tesla launches its Model X crossover and now German automaker Audi is expected to launch its own rival by 2017.

Called the Q8 e-tron, Autocar says the model will be based on the next-generation Audi Q7 SUV, but will feature much sleeker styling with a high waist, low roof and narrower side windows. It should also be available in five and seven-seat configurations.

It’ll also be all-electric like the R8 e-tron supercar, rather than a plug-in hybrid model like Audi’s smaller A3 Sportback e-tron, arriving later this year.

Audi engineers are said to be targeting a realistic range of 370 miles, greater even than Tesla’s Model S, and like the upcoming Tesla Model X the Q8 e-tron will utilize electric motors at both axles for four-wheel drive traction.

MORE: Audi R8 e-Tron Electric Supercar Back From The Dead, With Greater Range?

The company is banking on improvements in battery technology to hit that range estimate, though even with denser energy chemistry it’s likely the car will use a large, heavy battery pack of at least 80 kWh, similar to that of the top-end Model S.


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