Audi is doubling its electric vehicle offering by introducing smaller alternatives to the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback SUVs. The 2019 Q4 E-Tron concept will turn into a production version by the end of the year, while the Q4 E-Tron Sportback concept, presented later today, is expected to have a brother on the road at a given in 2021.
Audi has set up a livestream on its YouTube account for the world premiere of the Q4 E-Tron Sportback, which should remain faithful to the concept that preceded it. Knowing what the term “Sportback” means when it comes to SUVs carrying the four rings, expect a more sloping roofline to allow for a sportier and more elegant side profile behind.
The revised body shape should pay off in terms of aerodynamics, as we expect the Sportback to have a slightly lower drag coefficient than the conventional-style electric Q4. However, the rear setback could suffer, and there is a good chance that the loading capacity will also be affected. Also, the new spin-off will likely be of higher quality, since Audi’s Sportback badge SUVs are more expensive than the models on which they are based.
We will have to wait later today to learn more about the electrical bits, although we did not expect the Q4 Sportback E-Tron to be much different from the 2019 concept. As you may remember, the Conventional-style electric SUV had two engines for a combined power of 225 kW and an all-wheel drive, enough for a 0 to 62 mph (100 km / h) in 6.3 seconds and an electronically controlled top speed of 112 mph (180 km / h).
Its 82 kWh battery mounted in the base between the axles had enough energy for more than 450 kilometers (280 miles) by WLTP. The more elegant shape could result in a slightly higher range between charges, but that remains to be seen. Last year’s concept had load capacities of 125 kW, going from 0 to 80% in just over half an hour.
Based on the MEB platform like the Volkswagen ID.4, the newcomer is part of Audi’s biggest plan to sell more than 20 electric vehicles by the middle of the decade. The most exciting of all will be the E-Tron GT, a sister model of the Porsche Taycan, which will premiere before the end of the year.