Audi showed the Q4 E-tron for the very first time at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show (you can see the show car here). Just earlier today the company pulled the wraps off the Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback Concept. As the name denotes it’s a concept car but there will be a production version launched in 2021. The Q4 E-Tron Sportback will be the seventh pure electric vehicle the company has ever produced. Incidentally, Audi SA has confirmed that it will start to introduce electric models locally next year.
E-tron family expands
Audi’s new Q4 E-Tron Sportback is a futuristic-looking battery-powered SUV. The sloped roofline is what gives it the ‘Sportback’ title, as per Audi naming convention. There are several design cues that let onlookers know this is a member of the battery-powered E-Tron family. The Sportback’s singleframe grille has metal inserts. Slim LED headlamps and a rear LED lightbar are carryovers from most Audi models. Don’t expect any of the dramatic styling, not least those massive alloys, to make production.
Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’ digital instrumentation is found ahead of the driver and a 12,3-inch touchscreen is sculpted into the facia. Stylish lines of the facia are accompanied by an equally stylish steering wheel. Audi uses recycled materials for the floor covering. Four seats with integrated head restraints are upholstered with Alcantara. Audi says the Q4 E-Tron Sportback has one of the most spacious cabins in the class. That comes, in part from a nearly 2,8 metre wheelbase and a flat battery pack. Like other upcoming electric products the VW stable the newcomer will be based on the group’s versatile modular electrification platform (MEB).
The Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback has an 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack. This powers one electric motor that drives each axle. The rear motor produces 150 kW/310 N.m while the one mounted up front provides an additional 75 kW/150 N.m. Total system output is 225 kW. Audi says the Q4 E-Tron Sportback will sprint from rest to 100 km/h in in 6,3 seconds. Flat out it will reach a top speed limited to 180 km/h. When fully charged the range is said to be in excess of 450 km. You can learn more about the Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback Concept in the video below.