A few days ago, a mysterious Audi prototype was spotted in Berlin decked in camouflage, leading to the proverbial question as to what kind of car it was. Fortunately, the mystery didn’t last long.

The German automaker has released the first details of its new Urban E-Tron Concept that will be gracing us with its presence at the coming Frankfurt Motor Show. It took a while for Audi to release all the information of the Urban E-Tron Concept, but thankfully, did so just in time for the opening of Frankfurt, complete with all the performance numbers that might not tickle the fancies of those looking for some speed to go with the cool city car concept.

UPDATE 11/02/2011: We thought the Audi Urban E-Tron Concept was a huge waste of time because there was no chance Audi would ever actually put it into production. Turns out, we were absolutely wrong.

Audi has just announced that the Urban Concept will indeed go into production and that it will be limited to only 999 units. Sales will begin in 2013 at a starting price of £8,800 or about $14,000 at the current exchange rates.

Check out more details on the Audi Urban E-Tron Concept after the jump.

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    two e-tron electric motors drawn energy from a lithium-ion battery
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    16.9 sec.
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    62 mph
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2011 Audi Urban E-Tron Concept High Resolution Exterior
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The whole concept is designed to look the part of a sleek and futuristic city car that’s built on a 1+1 set-up. It measures 3.219 meters long, 1.678 meters wide, and 1.189 meters tall and comes with a body that’s built using a central carbon fiber monococque with a canopy that slides horizontally. This canopy allows both the driver and the passenger to enter the car. According to Audi, the design cues for the Urban concept are largely new, but also evoke details from their rich history of open-wheel racing and cutting-edge design.

The Audi Urban E-Tron Concept also carries a set of free-standing lightweight 21" wheels with the same blade design that we’ve come to see from all of Audi’s E-tron models. These tires are then wrapped around 125/60 tires in the front and 145/50 in the rear.


2011 Audi Urban E-Tron Concept Interior
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As for the cockpit and its aforementioned 1+1 set-up, Audi constructed the former using a mixture of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer - a material that was designed to integrate the undercarriage of both seats - and aluminum. As a future iteration of a city car, Audi approached its design with a minimalistic state-of-mind that’s "subjugated to the strict dictates of ultra-lightweight construction."

The driver will be seated on the front left side and can adjust the positions of the aluminum pedals and the steering column for a custom driving position that can be changed depending on the driver’s preference. Other interior details on the Urban E-Tron Concept include two large air vents, a new durable and water repellent flooring textile that was developed for athletic shoes, and satellite controls for the heater.


2011 Audi Urban E-Tron Concept Exterior
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The Audi Urban E-Tron Concept is powered by a pair of rear-mounted electric motors mated through a single-speed transmission which together produce a continuous output of 20 horsepower and 35 lb/ft of torque. Just behind the seats, a lithium-ion battery that can store 7.1 kWh of usable energy is mounted with a complete recharge taking approximately 20 minutes with 400-volt three-phase current, and about an hour’s worth of charge with a 230-volt household current. The E-Tron Concept carries performance figures that won’t wow you - a 0-62 mph in 16.9 seconds and a top speed of 62 mph - but that’s not what the car is all about, anyway.

Will It Be The Future?

2011 Audi Urban E-Tron Concept High Resolution Exterior
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Audi has resisted on saying whether there’s a production version of the Urban E-Tron Concept in the horizon, but we’re not going to hold our breath for anything in the immediate future. Maybe sometime down the road, but don’t expect it to get the green light for production in the next five years or so.

2011 Audi Urban E-Tron Concept High Resolution Exterior
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  (776) posted on 12.21.2011

I also wonder what kind of vehicle is this one. They don’t told it yet. Before the Frankfurt motor show, they must at least give us more information.

  (594) posted on 10.25.2011

I wonder if the engine that this concept had, will really work on it? Anyway, I can say that I’m so impressed with the unique platform of it, and I noticed that it also had a striking interior feature which is absolutely great on it.

  (248) posted on 10.24.2011

I feel so doubt on the engine of this concept because on the fact that it is an electric car, but I can say that the platform of this one is absolutely impressed me a lot. smiley

  (531) posted on 10.6.2011

A really unique compact concept car but if I would have this car, I would rather display this one on my garage than to drive this on the road. smiley Anyway, when will be the debut of this? I can’t wait for that.

  (647) posted on 10.4.2011

Totally an exceptional prototype of car, Its unique and weird look it gives impression of destruction or impressive look. But for me it definitely a new style to offer, being ahead and different sometimes give us something to be proud and boost of.

  (384) posted on 09.26.2011

Really? Is it really a city car? I thought it was a bicycle smiley anyway, I’m so impressed, and I have to agree that it is a very cute concept. I love the styling and the unique platform of this.

  (858) posted on 09.23.2011

I can’t wait for the debut and market production of this one. I can see now what kind of car we will have in the future smiley It is really cute and unique! I just hope that they would really put this in production, I’m looking forward to that.

  (317) posted on 09.21.2011

This type of Audi car looked like a combination of classic type of vehicle and a modern concept. From the exterior to the interior of this car looks so cool and elegant at the same time.

  (336) posted on 09.21.2011

Impressive concept but it’s so ’unreliable’! I mean. You can’t drive this kind of car on the city, so futuristic for this generation. Maybe they should bring this one on production on the next five years henceforward. smiley

  (342) posted on 09.16.2011

For me, this car is very elegant and class. This car not an ordinary car where you can see anywhere. It’s pleasure for me to collect this car.

  (448) posted on 09.15.2011

This Audi Urban E-tron concept is a very cute one. It looks like a toy of a child, but it has a strong personality whom no one can refuse about the features of this very cute car.

  (334) posted on 09.15.2011

This car is like a toy. Very very great style. It’s my first time to see this a kind of car. The wheel is unique.

  (449) posted on 09.13.2011

Clever concept for the tires and doors for this magnetic Audi Urban E-Tron. Compact yet very spacious with style and convenience.

  (4) posted on 08.16.2011

Just for information, in my country Etron means turd... let’s pray the name won’t stick (arhm).

  (379) posted on 08.12.2011

I have a feeling that this will be just a concept and if ever they are going to make a production of this one. I bet it would take a long time. I really want to know if this car will be reliable or not.

  (745) posted on 08.12.2011

haha. What a hell! Do they expect the dealer to buy a DISPOSABLE battery? Of course, they need to offer a chargeable battery! Sorry guys, but I really doubt the reliability of electric car!

  (320) posted on 08.11.2011

I notice that Audi is into prototype cars. By the way, the car looks exotic and cool, but I think it is too small. I also wonder what kind of vehicle is this one. They don’t tell it yet. Before the Frankfurt motor show, they must at least provide us additional information.

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