Audi is allowing customers to pay a £1,000 deposit to secure a production version of its e-tron quattro electric SUV concept, due later in 2018.
The premium SUV based on the e-tron quattro will offer a driving range that is “favourably comparable” with a conventionally powered equivalent, Audi says.
When this range is exhausted it will be 80 per cent rechargeable in less than 30 minutes at fast-charging stations with up to 150kW capacity. With motive power to each axle it will also offer the all-weather traction advantages of ‘e-quattro’ drive.
The £1,000 deposit can be placed online at audi.co.uk, where it can be accepted via the Audi Store area within the site (www.beta.audi.co.uk/e-tron.html), or it can be taken by any of the 116 Audi Centres across the country.
When the priority ordering system is activated, depositors will immediately be informed of the final UK pricing and specification position and of the options available, enabling them to submit an order via their preferred Audi Centre before the car becomes publicly available later this year. The £1,000 deposit is offset against the purchase price, and is fully refundable at any time.
The deposit also opens up access to special events and entry into exclusive competitions.
Part of the car’s final testing programme will see 250 examples cover more than three million miles on four continents - from the cold of Scandinavia to the heat of Africa.