The first ever purely electric Audi SUV is destined for series production following its concept reveal at the IAA in Frankfurt next month.

The Audi e-tron quattro, which holds a potential range of more than 310 miles, has a concept which has profited from the experience gained in the development of the forthcoming R8 e-tron, and the roadgoing model which it will help to spawn will be notable as the brand's first large-series electric car when it enters production in 2018.

Designed from the ground up as an electric car the vehicle proves to be pioneering in its segment at the very first glance. Following on from the Audi "Aerosthetics" concept, the Audi e-tron combines technical measures for reducing aerodynamic drag with creative design solutions.

It's front, sides and rear feature moveable aerodynamic elements, improving the air flow around the car, and the aerodynamically optimised underbody is completely closed.

The car sets a new record in the SUV segment thanks to its cd value of 0.25, and this contributes considerably to the long range of more than 310 miles (500 kilometres).

Measuring in between the length of the Audi Q5 and the Q7, the Audi e-tron quattro's typical SUV body and flat, coupé-like cabin give it's concept a very dynamic appearance, and the spacious interior offers room for four people.

Thanks to the positioning of its large lithium-ion battery between the axles and below the passenger compartment, a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution is provided, giving the car adequate driving dynamics and secure manoeuvring ability.

Featuring three electric motors - one on the front axle and two on the rear - the car creates an 'electrified quattro', making the e-tron quattro concept both efficient and responsive.

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