Audi Launches Sporty Version of the Upcoming Electric Car Q4 E-Tron

Looks like the SUV, but the design is far more sporty.

Audi showcases a new electric concept, the E-Tron Q4 Sportback. The newcomer is a variant of the already launched Q4 E-Tron, a small SUV that was showcased in March last year.

The two cars are technically twins, according to Audi. It is only the exterior that sets the two apart. On the Sportback edition, the roof slopes downwards, giving the car coupe expression.

The car is to be built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, and has a range in the “up-to-50-mile class” concept anyway – so we will see what number the Germans end up with when the car is presented in production ready edition.

The car was recently showcased at an online press event where TU participated. Here, the head of Audi’s exterior design, Andreas Mindt, told Q4 to be E-Tron’s little brother. And just like the new Sportback edition, it becomes the little brother of E-Tron Sportback.

This will be a very important car for Audi, they believe. It should cost significantly less than E-Tron, and it should ensure that they can take larger market shares on electric cars. However, they have not stated any price. But considering that E-Tron 50 costs from 500,000 kroner, we think it will be possible to buy a Q4 E-Tron for a lot less than this.

Audi’s head of exterior design, Andreas Mindt, here during the launch of E-Tron 55.
The car should have recognizable Audi design, and Mindt says that 100 meters away you should be able to see that there is an Audi coming towards you. He thinks electric cars are often faceless, and that Audi wants a distinct and recognizable design on its electric cars as well.

In the front, the car has received matrix lights, and it should be possible for the customer to choose the expression for them themselves. They consist of a number of LEDs and can therefore have different expressions. The back of the car has the same solid line of light that you find on the “big-E-Tron”.

Inside, the car should otherwise be similar to the SUV version of the Q4 E-Tron.

The car is in the upper part of the A segment. That is, this is a spacious small car, approaching the B segment and cars like the Nissan Leaf or Volkswagen ID.3.

Since the car is built on the MEB platform, it shares some features with comment Volkswagen ID models. It comes with four-wheel drive that is weighted towards operation on the rear wheels most of the time.

The battery has a capacity of 82 kilowatt hours, with 77 kilowatt hours available. The total maximum engine power is 225 kilowatts. It should do 0-100 kilometers per hour in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour.

The rear engine has a power of 150 kilowatts, while the front engine has 75 kilowatts. The torque is 310 and 150 newtons, respectively.

The car is said to have low consumption, with a coefficient of resistance of 0.26. It is 0.1 smaller than the SUV edition.

The range is stated as 450 kilometers of four-wheel drive, or 500 kilometers of rear-wheel drive.

Based on the range and battery capacity, we can expect a consumption of approximately 17.1 kWh / 100 km. Or 15.4 kWh / 100 km for the rear-wheel drive version.

The car should also have particularly good regeneration of energy during deceleration, while a heat pump also helps to save energy.

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Audi showcases a new electric concept, the E-Tron Q4 Sportback. The newcomer is a variant of the already launched Q4 E-Tron, a small SUV that was showcased in March last year.

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