Sleek four-door is set to showcase premium PPE platform co-developed with Porsche
James Attwood, digital editor
3 October 2019

The first Audi model to be built on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture, co-developed with Porsche, is set to be a low-slung A5 Sportback-sized four-door coupé. 

The dramatic new model, first reported by Autocar in March, previewed in images released by the German company showcasing its electric car strategy, which includes the launch of 20 EVs using four different platforms by 2025. 

The PPE platform is designed for Audi and Porsche’s full-size luxury models – both traditional cars and SUVs – and can be adapted for models of different lengths and track width. It features an 800V system capable of 350kW charging, and can accept different sizes of battery – with the larger offering a claimed range of more than 300 miles. 

The platform has been designed with a rear-mounted motor as standard, with the possibility to add a second electric motor on the front axle offering all-wheel drive. The architecture can also accept systems such as torque vectoring and all-wheel steering that don’t feature on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, on which Audi is also developing models. 

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Audi hasn’t given performance details of the new PPE platform, but says it is “generally similar to that of the MEB”. 

The new four-door coupé previewed by the firm is roughly A4-sized, with styling similar to the swooping A7 Sportback, and a front grille and bumper design that echoes the E-tron GT

Audi wouldn’t confirm that it would reach production in this form with the PPE platform, though designer Parys Cybulski said the brief was for it to be a “statement”. 

He added that the model was still in the early design stages, and that it “could be the most important car on this platform”, because it would help show the direction future models could take.

 

The company said PPE cars would start to be produced from early in the next decade with the Sportback model set to be a showcase for the architecture, which has been developed to cover the “upper medium-size class to the luxury class”. It will be used as the basis for crossovers, SUVs, Sportback models and estates. That suggests it will eventually be used for EV equivalents of higher-level models such as the A6 Avant, A7 Sportback, A8, Q7 and Q8

The PPE models will be joined by cars built on three other EV platforms. The already launched E-tron uses a modified version of the MLB Evo platform. An E-tron Sportback will be launched soon, and Audi has hinted a third variant could follow, although they were tight-lipped on what form it would take. 

The forthcoming E-tron GT will be a sister car to the Porsche Taycan, using that firm’s J1 architecture designed for high-performance models. 

Audi will also develop high-volume models on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which is also being used by VW, Seat and Skoda. Audi’s first MEB model, due in 2020, will be the Q4 E-tron.

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4 October 2019

As the platform was co-developed, hopefully there will be a sister car from Porsche. A smaller Taycan. The Autocar render looks good, but Porsche tends to be better looking than the usually dull Audi.

5 October 2019
Andy_Cowe wrote:

As the platform was co-developed, hopefully there will be a sister car from Porsche. A smaller Taycan. The Autocar render looks good, but Porsche tends to be better looking than the usually dull Audi.

Really! Taycan looks better than Tesla but the ETron GT is a far better resolved design than Taycan. Yes 911 is a capable car but arguably a somewhat dull old design, tarted up each facelift to look different but inevitably look exactly the same. Audi can't win with some people
who criticize their often evolutionary designs then do the same when they push the envelope. IMO Audi have recently released two extraordinarily aggressive and progressive RS cars in RS6 and RS7. So credit when credit is due. Audi bashing is a hobby for some here unfortunately.

4 October 2019

Come on Attwood, admit that you and your Autocar cohorts are on the VAG payroll. This crap of a “review” in reality is nothing less than a paid advertisement for VAG. What a piece of garbage. Next thing you know this guy is going to write about the virtues of Dieselgate and how it made VW a model citizen. What a dork. 

4 October 2019

Wow, good comment FR12

Yes, I agree. Its clear to see from the way he metioned the words 'Volkswagen Group' in the last paragraph, and from the way he reported that it is using 'Volkswagwen group's MEB platform' that he is undoubtably paid by VAG to say such biased things.

I have never seen such a partisan article in all my days.

4 October 2019
FRI2 wrote:

Come on Attwood, admit that you and your Autocar cohorts are on the VAG payroll. This crap of a “review” in reality is nothing less than a paid advertisement for VAG. What a piece of garbage. Next thing you know this guy is going to write about the virtues of Dieselgate and how it made VW a model citizen. What a dork. 

Got Tesla shares I assume ... 

:whistles:

Dieselgate has actually prompted VAG to move beyond diesel to a large extent to an EV world ironically.   I'm still amazed they can afford the fines which are still adding up and go EV.

 

5 October 2019
Oh no someone says something positive about VAG and the hobbyists are out of traps to counter

4 October 2019

This is why BMW & JLR are now working together. Reinventing the car is an expensive business.

4 October 2019

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