Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback Shows the Sleeker Side of the Concept SUV
At the 2019 Geneva Auto Show a little over a year ago, Audi showed us the Q4 E-Tron concept, a preview of its next compact electric SUV. We still have some time to wait for the production Q4 to hit showrooms – it’s not planned until 2021 – but Audi has just introduced something more to whet our appetite: a new concept called Q4 E-Tron Sportback.
The images tell the story: this is a “coupe” version of the Q4 E-Tron, and it is essentially a three-quarter version of the next E-Tron Sportback 2020. The Q4 E-Tron is almost identical in size to the Q4 E-Tron SUV, standing just four tenths of an inch shorter and lower, but identical in width and wheelbase. The vehicle you are looking at is a concept car; exterior designer Amar Kaya told us it was a bit wider in the fenders and cabin than the standard version, but other than that and a few changes to the front and rear styling, “it’s usually the car. “
Details of the Q4 E-Tron powertrain
Audi had some additional technical details for us, which apply to the SUV and Sportback versions of the Q4 E-Tron. The foundations are the MEB modular electric platform, shared with Volkswagen and used as part of its next compact ID 4 crossover. Audi will offer a choice of single-engine rear traction or dual-engine all-wheel drive, the latter with power 225 kW total, or 302 horsepower. Audi claims a time of 0 to 62 mph of 6.3 seconds, which is modest for a two-engine EV and a top speed slightly less than 112 mph.
Both Q4s have an 82 kWh battery tucked between the front and rear axles, 12 kWh more than the new Tesla Model Y battery but 1 kwh less than the largest battery offered in the next Ford Mustang Mach-E. Audi claims a range of 280 miles in the WLTP cycle with all-wheel drive, and 311 miles for the rear-wheel drive version. There is no way to translate this directly into the EPA range, but we can make a rough estimate: around 250 miles with all-wheel drive and 275 with rear-wheel drive. This indicates that the Q4 E-Tron will be well below the Model Y (315 miles) and Mach-E (300 miles) ratings, but we won’t know until we get an official EPA number – and even then , use in the real world may see results differ significantly from official ratings.
HUD of augmented reality
Audi also spoke a little more about the technology, including an “augmented reality” head-up display. The details were sketchy – no one making the presentation had yet seen the system in action – but it should include features such as animated arrows for step-by-step navigation. Audi will also offer owners the opportunity to customize the model of the LED daytime running lights, but we do not yet know if this feature will be compatible with American regulations. (Most Euro-nifty lights do not.)
Audi indicates that the production version of the Q4 E-Tron Sportback will go on sale in the calendar year 2021. The price has not been set, but Audi is targeting a base price of € 40,000 in Europe, which which is just under $ 45,000 at the current exchange rate. .
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