On Tuesday, July 7, “Audi“presented the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept car – a compact electric SUV coupe. Last year, Audi presented the first Audi Q4 e-tron concept car to the Geneva International Motor Show. Technically, both models are identical, but each has its own shape. The new SUV coupe will be in production in 2021.
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About a year before the car launches, potential Q4 customers can choose which model version they would prefer – the classic versatility of an SUV or the dynamic elegance of a coupe. The dimensions of the two “Q4” models are almost identical – the 4.6 meter long and 1.6 meter high “Sportback” is one centimeter longer and lower than the “Q4 e-tron” concept car. The Q4 models are identical in width and wheelbase, which are 1.9 and 2.77 meters, respectively.
Both concept cars also have identical top-class drive technology. Two electric motors “Q4 e-tron” and “Q4 Sportback e-tron” concept car develop 306 horsepower. As usual with Audi models, these models also have quattro all-wheel drive. Both Q4 models accelerate from a standstill to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds, but the top speed is limited to 180 km / h.
The 82 kWh battery occupies almost the entire floor of the car. The mileage in the WLTP cycle exceeds 450 kilometers, thus installing a new bar in the middle of compact electric cars. The rear-wheel drive Q4 e-tron will offer a distance of over 500 kilometers.
The Q4 e-tron concept car technology is provided by the modular automotive platform MEB, which will be integrated into a number of electric cars produced by the Volkswagen Group in the future, from the compact class to mid-size cars. With the “Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron” concept car, the brand is already demonstrating the seventh series-produced electric car.
The new “Sportback” has a dynamic curvature at the rear – the roof line changes to the sloping rear pillars and closes in a horizontal spoiler at the bottom of the window. As a result, the body of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron looks longer than the Q4 e-tron concept car.
Like the first series-produced electric car, the Audi e-tron, the new concept car has a structured closed surface at the front, which includes a wide, almost upright octagonal frame instead of the usual radiator grille. The design is accentuated by 22-inch wheels.
The Audi Virtual Driver Information System display with speed, charge level and navigation instructions is located behind the wheel in a position easily visible to the driver. The concept car also offers a novelty – a large head-up display with an augmented reality function. It allows you to display graphical information, such as turn signals directly on the road. Above the center console is a 12.3-inch touch screen that helps display and use the infotainment system’s features.
The power of the rear electric motor is 204 hp, but the torque is 310 Nm; while the front engine provides up to 102 hp and 150 Nm for the front wheels, respectively. Thus, the total power of the electrical system is 306 hp.
A battery weighing 510 kilograms can be charged with a maximum capacity of 125 kW. As a result, an 80 percent charge level can be reached in less than 30 minutes.
Audi began its electric offensive with the world premiere of the all-electric SUV Audi e-tron in September 2018. By 2025, Audi will offer more than 20 all-electric cars, and about 40% of sales will be achieved through the sale of electric models. SUV models in this portfolio include “e-tron” and “e-tron Sportback”. A range of models will also be offered in classic body versions, including the Avant and Sportback. The range of models offered will cover all the most important market segments, from the compact class to luxury cars.