CAR's been reporting on plans for a Q4 to join the Audi range for years now - and here's the first official confirmation of what shape it'll take: it's the new Audi Q4 e-Tron concept car, freshly unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Audi has confirmed that the Q4 will be launched 'in late 2020', suggesting that there's still a year's worth of development before we see the production version. By then it will become the fifth all-electric Audi on sale, reflecting just how fast electrification trends are taking hold.
It's too early to talk precise costs, but CAR magazine understands the Q4 electric SUV is likely to cost around £40,000 by the time UK sales start in late 2020 or early 2021. The cost of batteries is gradually falling, accompanied by n increase in EV range - so the e-Tron looks set to launch in the sweet spot as electric cars become more viable for more motorists.
AUDI Q4 E-TRON: A LITTLE BROTHER TO ITS FIRST SERIES ELECTRIC CAR
The fully fledged Audi e-Tron SUV is just going on sale now, and engineers are hoping that they will be able to shrink prices of battery packs in the coming months to make the technology available to more customers.
The Q4 is smaller than the e-Tron big daddy, at 4.6m long. Most of the spec sheet haas been miniaturised in a bid to shrink the footprint,
Battery size 82kWh
Electric motors 225kW total (front and rear)
Range ‘Over 280 miles’ (450km)
Top speed 112mph
As with most other small and mid-sized VW Group electric cars, the Q4 will be based on the ubiquitous MEB EV platform, which packages the lithium-ion batteries along the spine of the car within the wheelbase. The 82kWh cells are remarkably capacious for a vehicle this size, resulting in decent electric range to quash any will-we-get-there anxieties.
INSIDE THE AUDI Q4
Ingolstadt promises this smaller SUV will still be more than up to the job of family transport duties. With no propshaft to steal interior space, the cabin of the Q4 is said to be especially roomy - and with the battery packs pushing passengers higher, this is quite a tip-toe tall car at 1610mm high. That height is countered by huge 22-inch alloy wheels.
The Q4 e-Tron’s interior is festooned with the latest Audi touchscreens and the carpets are made from recycled plastics, while the head-up display mixes and matches Mercedes’ MBUX dynamic navigation, but here beaming directional turn arrows onto the actual road ahead.