Audi gives us a peek at its first compact electric vehicle, the new Q4 e-tron

By Jason Woosey Time of article published Apr 8, 2021

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INGOLSTADT, GERMANY - Audi has released the first teaser image of its upcoming Q4 e-tron compact SUV ahead of its debut next Wednesday, April 14.

The Q4 e-tron will be Audi’s first compact electric car and it follows in the footsteps of the larger e-tron and e-tron Sportback SUVs as well as the e-tron GT saloon. Unlike its aforementioned siblings, however, the Q4 e-tron will be based around Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which also underpins the VW ID.3 and ID.4.

Judging by the teaser pic, the e-tron will be offered in two body styles - namely a conventional-bodied SUV and a Sportback derivative with a coupe-inspired sweeping roofline.

We already have a good idea of how the Q4 e-tron will look thanks to the Q4 and Q4 e-tron concept cars that were unveiled in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Caption: Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback concept cars.

The two battery-powered SUVs will aim to lure buyers from the Tesla Model Y and perhaps even Ford’s Mustang Mach E.

Audi has not officially announced any of the Q4’s powertrain details, but it’s worth noting that the concept cars boasted a twin-motor all-wheel drive set-up with a system output of 225kW, allowing a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.3 seconds. While it’s likely that the flagship version will follow that recipe, it’s also practically a given that Audi will offer a single-motor base variant.

Audi mentioned a range of up to 449km between charges, for the AWD concept car, and also stated that the rear-driven variants could offer a range of just under 500km on the WLTP cycle.

“The Audi Q4 e-tron is the first all-electric SUV of the Four Rings brand in the compact-car segment, combining pioneering design, cutting-edge display technologies and outstanding spaciousness,” Audi says.

“In this way Audi is consistently pressing ahead with its offensive for electrification.”

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