When our spies caught the Audi Q4 E-Tron for the first time in April, it was nothing more than a test mule wearing the clothes of the Volkswagen ID.4. Just as the production version of the E-Tron GT will not stray too far from the concept of the same name, Audi’s new electric crossover will stay true to last year’s showcar. At least that’s the atmosphere we get after checking these 20 or more images that our spies sent us this week.
It underwent the usual changes that occur when transitioning from a concept to a road vehicle, such as the acquisition of conventional door handles and larger side mirrors. The alloy wheels don’t seem as big as the 22-inch set that the Q4 E-Tron concept had last year in Geneva, and the lights don’t look as sophisticated. We also notice that the huge air intakes of the concept have disappeared, and there is a good chance that the front grille has also undergone some modifications.
Despite these adjustments, the production-ready variant will remain largely faithful to the 2019 concept and will serve as a premium alternative to the aforementioned ID.4. The two will be mechanically linked by rolling on the same MEB platform, but the additional sophistication and these desirable four rings will translate into a higher price.
The Q4 E-Tron should have a configuration with two engines allowing a Quattro electric system as the concept had done. There’s a good chance that the final technical specifications won’t be all that different, with Audi citing a combined power of 302 horsepower (225 kilowatts) for the four-seater passenger car exhibited more than a year ago in Switzerland. The electric muscle provided a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) in 6.3 seconds and a top speed electronically controlled at 112 mph (180 km / h).
The 82 kWh capacity ground battery had enough juice for a range of more than 450 kilometers per WLTP. With charging capacities of 125 kW, the exhausted concept battery can be recharged to 80% in just over half an hour.
Our spies weren’t able to take a look inside the cabin this time around, but we have attached concept images to get an idea of what the production model will look like. “Minimalist” is probably the right term to use because there are very few conventional controls, with most of the functions built into the 12.3-inch touch screen.
The envelopes will be unveiled later this year, as Audi recently confirmed that the official debut of the Q4 E-Tron will still take place in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the same story with the sister of the Porsche Taycan, the E-Tron GT electric sedan.