Audi has been very busy developing future electrical products. We saw spy photos of the E-Tron GT and Q4 E-Tron, and today the company will unveil the Q4 Sportback E-Tron in conceptual form. The brand will play an important role in the Volkswagen group’s efforts to launch as many as 75 electric vehicles by 2029 – in fact, the Ingolstadt-based company will take the lead position with a new high-tech electric sedan.
Coach seems to be aware that Audi is developing a future high-end EV doubler, the A9 E-Tron. The EV is thought to be developed by a dedicated team called Artemis and should be ready for market launch in 2024. It should take the form of a luxury and futuristic sedan or liftback, similar in shape to the current Audi A7.
Under the code name E6, the project is still in the early stages of development and we believe that we will begin to see prototypes testing on the public highway in about two years. The Artemis engineering team will work closely with other VAG teams, including software R&D teams from other Group brands. This likely suggests that some of the technologies seen in the model will be adopted by other future electric vehicles from Volkswagen and Porsche.
Speaking of technology, the A9 E-Tron should benefit from Audi’s latest developments in the electric powertrain, including new batteries and more efficient electric motors. In addition, according to Autocar, 5G connectivity features, including extensive use of “car to X” features, augmented reality and live updates are also planned.
The model would go directly against the Mercedes-Benz EQS and the new Jaguar XJ with a design inspired by the Aicon concept of 2017 (illustrated in the gallery above).