Upcoming Audi e-tron GT to rival Tesla Model S

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Audi said the e-tron GT, which will be produced at the firm's Neckarsulm factory, will be "highly dynamic" and shows the direction of the company's performance division.

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Not much else is known, but the vehicle will likely share more than a little DNA with Porsche's Mission E which will precede the E-Tron by a year or two. The automaker announced the new model at its annual press conference this week and released a sketch of a prototype version.

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"The first models based on the PPE are planned for the end of 2021". An E-Tron Sportback is due next year and will also make Brussels its home for production.

Audi announced this week that it will be launching the e-tron GT in 2020, which will be a performance-oriented, low-slung EV sedan.

The e-tron rides on an adaptation of Audi's MLB architecture for gasoline cars, called MLB-Evo, while the Porsche Mission E rides on a dedicated platform called P1. This compares with the €77,850 ($95,900) price tag Jaguar confirmed for the I-Pace at the Geneva show. By comparison, the Telsa Model X is priced from €96,250 ($A152,000) in Germany. Once it arrives, the GT will be Audi's e-tron flagship auto.

Horst Glaser, the executive vice-president for technical development at Audi, told Auto Express the vehicle would be "around about" the size of the current Q3.

Audi has committed to offering customers 20 fully battery-electric models by 2025.

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