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Audi revealed its upcoming lineup of e-tron vehicles that will share the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) structure that they're co-developing with Porsche.

Digital Trends got the chance to learn about the new platform and here's what they reported.

Audi and Porsche are co-developing the PPE platform from scratch, and it will only underpin upmarket electric cars, so engineers are able to make the architecture as flexible as possible. It’s being designed around a single, rear-mounted electric motor, but adding a through-the-road evolution of Quattro all-wheel drive will be as simple as dropping a second motor over the front axle. Every PPE-based car will feature an 800-volt charging system that promises lightning-quick charging times; the Porsche Taycan will inaugurate this technology when it reaches showrooms in 2020.

Thomas Kolthoff, PPE’s project manager, told Digital Trends that nearly every aspect of the platform is modular. Vehicle development teams will be able to change its wheelbase and modify its width as-needed, and they’ll be able to build a wide variety of cars on it including sedans, station wagons, SUVs, and performance models. Electric powertrains are relatively compact, so cars built on PPE will offer roughly the same amount of space as models in the next segment up. The A5-sized prototype we saw didn’t have an interior, but Seebers said it’s reasonable to expect it will have as much space as an A7.

Performance is a key component of the Audi identity, and that doesn’t just mean going really fast in a straight line. Motorists shouldn’t have to compromise handling to go electric, so PPE-based cars will be able to receive technology like four-wheel steering and torque vectoring. Product planners will decide whether to add these features on a case-by-case basis.

What’s next?
The first PPE-based Audi will make its public debut during the early 2020s. The German firm has proven a history of previewing upcoming models with thinly-veiled concepts, so we might see it as a prototype in the not-too-distant future.

In the meantime, Audi’s research and development department is putting the final touches on the production version of the stunning E-Tron GT concept unveiled in 2018. It’s built on the same J1 platform as the aforementioned Taycan, though the two sedans will look and drive completely different, and it’s scheduled to enter production in 2020 in the factory that also builds the mid-engined, V10-powered R8. At the other end of the spectrum, the Q4 E-Tron concept we discovered at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show will slot at the bottom of the company’s electric car range in less than a year. It will share its MEB platform — which is also highly flexible — with the recently unveiled Volkswagen ID.3.

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