Sportier sibling to join Audi’s successful e-tron SUV
Audi has revealed the latest in its series of all-electric concept cars, the Q4 Sportback, a coupe-like SUV a sibling to the Q4 e-tron shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The two Q4 e-trons will be the first Audi models based on the Volkswagen Group’s dedicated electric car platform, called MEB. Each model will be fitted with two electric motors, enabling them to accelerate to 62mph from a standing start in 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 111mph. The 82kWh battery will mean a range of between 279 and 310 miles, depending on the version specified.
“With the Q4 e-tron concepts we are outlining our plans to cascade e-tron technology into the compact SUV class, and I think these studies clearly show that we will be downsizing without in any way downgrading,” says director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. “Like the two e-trons that paved the way for them, both versions are hugely attractive interpretations of the SUV and Sportback brief, underpinned by the very latest electrification technology delivered with characteristic Audi quality and ingenuity. I have no doubt that they will encourage wider acceptance of the benefits of electric driving, with the Audi e-tron range.”
Production versions of both cars will go on sale in 2021, bringing Audi’s portfolio of EV models up to a total of seven. Audi plans to offer more than 20 all-electric models by 2025; representing a targeted 40 per cent of its sales.