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Audi e-tron interior a symphony in style

Features first production use of virtual side mirrors with door displays

Joe Duarte
Published: July 10, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: July 14, 2018, 7:13 AM

Audi e-tron interior

Audi is showing off the interior of its coming electric e-tron full-size SUV, putting the still-camouflaged prototype on stage at the Royal Danish Playhouse in Copenhagen primarily to showcase the vehicle’s Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Audi e-tron name graphic - An optional contour/ambient lighting package illuminates the surfaces subtly and traces precisely the interior’s basic lines.

The state-of-the-art interior features a new digital operation and display to go along with the Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System, which reproduces music precisely how it was recorded, without any artificial effects, through a 705-watt amplifier to 16 speakers.

The instrument panel wraps around the front occupants from door to door, with a horizontal line that runs below the instrument cluster and stretch to door-mounted 7-inch OLED displays for the non-existent side mirrors (which have been replaced by cameras and will be making their production debut on the new vehicle).

Audi e-tron virtual mirror - Instead of a bulky mirror and housing, the traditional mirror's flat support integrates a small camera whose image is digitally processed and shown on high-contrast 7-inch OLED displays in the door panels.

The displays are customizable for the driver, to move the field of vision and zoom in or out. The images can also be relayed to the centre-stack MMI display to provide views for different driving situations — highway driving, turning or parking.

As with many production models, the 5-person interior presents coordinated materials, colours and trimpieces, including Valcona leather (with stitching to mimic electric circuit boards and available with orange electrical-wiring like piping), brushed aluminum and available ambient lighting that traces the basic interior lines.

Audi e-tron interior - The stitching on the seats creates a motif reminiscent of electric circuit boards.

And whereas most of today’s vehicles strive to provide a quiet interior, the Audi e-tron delivers, thanks to its combination of luxury sophistication and the electric drivetrain. Audi says the only sounds permeating the cabin during city driving are rush of the wind, tire-noise and the gentle hum of the electric motors. And those are further controlled through soundproofing and sealing in those zones that could allow noise to filter through.