Audi unveils the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback electric SUVs
Two models and up to 323 miles of range
After several months of teasing, Audi is now presenting the new Q4 e-tron, the technical cousin of the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV. Unsurprisingly, the vehicle is styled in the vein of the e-tron electric SUV in a more compact format. Like the latter, the Q4 e-tron is available in a normal version as well as in a coupé Sportback version.
The front end features an angular, closed grille that is faithful to the Singleframe grilles of the brand's internal combustion models. This grille is directly linked to horizontal Matrix LED headlights inspired by those of the Q8, giving the vehicle a particularly piercing look. The lower part of the grille features a grey satin insert to further enhance the overall appearance.
The profile features a relatively low body line with large windows. There are also very pronounced shoulders at the front and rear, accompanied by wheels of up to 21 inches. The Sportback version is sportier with a sloping roofline.
The taillights are linked by a light bar, which is a classic feature of Audi models. The dimensions are similar to those of the ID.4 and Enyaq iV with a length of 4.59 m, a height of 1.61 m and a width of 1.87 m. However, the Audi intends to differentiate itself from its commoner cousins with a cabin that is both more unique and more upmarket.
The dashboard is particularly massive, and its shapes are much more complex than those of Volkswagen and Skoda. There is a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with a 10.1-inch touchscreen or 11.6-inch touchscreen as an option. The vehicle will feature an augmented reality head-up display.
The centre console is naturally devoid of a transmission tunnel and offers a pleasantly spacious feel. The gearshift is positioned high up and consists of a small selector switch, similar to the Audi A3. The double-flat steering wheel is a first for the German brand. In terms of equipment, the Q4 e-tron offers level 2 semi-autonomous driving and a long-distance planner.
In terms of technology, the Q4 e-tron will offer a choice between three models. The base version has a 52 kWh pack with a range of 212 mi (341 km), 170 PS and 310 Nm of torque. The mid-range model has a 77 kWh battery, 323 mi (520 km) of range, 204 PS and 310 Nm of torque.
The top-of-the-range version retains a 77 kWh battery but has two motors. This gives the vehicle 300 PS and 460 Nm of torque. The range drops to 303 mi (488 km). Thanks to more favorable aerodynamics, the Sportback models gain about ten miles of range compared to the standard version.