Audi announced its e-tron Quattro concept Wednesday, saying their forthcoming electric crossover vehicle will have the capacity to drive more than 310 miles before needing a recharge. That range beats Tesla’s stated 260 miles for the base version of the Model S, and just slightly edges out the American automaker’s promised 300 mile range for their 85-kWh Model X.
Audi’s e-tron Quattro concept, which will be unveiled at September’s Frankfurt auto show, will be part of the German luxury automaker’s new line of all-electric vehicles available as early as 2018. It will be the company’s first mass-produced electric SUV that is expected to challenge Tesla’s long-awaited Model X crossover.
The e-tron will have a sleek coupe-like roof line with a size that will position it between the company’s compact Q5 crossover and the large 7-seat Q7.
Like the Tesla, Audi will design the e-tron SUV to be an electric vehicle from the start, rather than adapting an existing internal combustion model. A trio of electric motors will drive the car, each motor powered by lithium-ion battery pack stowed away beneath the passenger cabin.
If you need a refresher, the Tesla Model X crossover–is expected to launch this fall–will join the current Model S sedan in the company’s lineup. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the Ludicrous Mode engaged Model X will likely be able to go from zero to sixty in an impressive 3.2 seconds.