Our spy photographers have noticed the all-new, all-electrical Audi Q4 e-tron undergoing tests for the initial time. The finished vehicle is envisioned to go on sale at the finish of this 12 months, as the fourth electrical crossover in Audi’s stable, signing up for the comprehensive-dimension e-tron and e-tron Sportback, as properly as the Chinese-marketplace electrical variation of the Q2 compact crossover.
The Audi Q4 e-tron is primarily based on the similar MEB underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.4 and will share the similar assortment of drivetrains and battery packs, with the flagship variant sporting a 302bhp twin-motor, 4-wheel-push powertrain and an 82kWh battery.
Like the ID.4, the assortment-topping Q4 e-tron will have a 0–62mph time of six seconds, a prime speed of 112mph and a greatest WLTP assortment of 280 miles, which is a continuous established of figures shared across all of Volkswagen’s flagship MEB-primarily based crossovers.
The MEB platform can also accommodate a assortment of lesser powertrains and battery packs, which could also make their way onto the Q4 e-tron. For example, the ID.4 will before long be obtainable with a one 201bhp electrical motor, run by the similar 82kWh battery pack, which will boost the crossover’s assortment to 311 miles.
In addition, Volkswagen will before long give a collection of entry-level and mid-assortment ID.three hatchbacks, run by batteries ranging amongst 45kWh and 77kWh in capacity. If Audi chooses to choose these alternatives for the Q4 e-tron, the cells would present a theoretical driving assortment of amongst 200 and 300 miles.
New 2020 Audi Q4 e-tron: layout and interior
The layout of this Audi Q4 e-tron enhancement mule continues to be trustworthy to the thought we observed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Demonstrate. It capabilities a identical pair of LED headlamps, a kindred shoulder-line and near-equivalent grille, even though the triangular vents on the front bumper have been transferred wholesale.
This mule’s roofline is a minimal considerably less rakish than the concept’s, even though the demonstrate car’s great 22-inch alloy wheels have been swapped for extra moderately sized options. The rear lights haven’t changed substantially, while – underneath the masking there is an virtually equivalent comprehensive-width mild bar, which really should attribute scrolling indicators on the flagship model.
We’re still to see the cabin of the new Audi Q4 e-tron, but it really should be broadly identical to that of the Volkswagen ID.4. As this sort of, the dashboard will possible attribute a little digital gauge cluster, a row of capacitive heater controls and a new 12.three-inch infotainment technique which will be angled a little in the direction of the driver.
The concept’s quirky hexagonal steering wheel will be ditched for the output variant – even though the demonstrate car’s 4-seat layout will be swapped for a extra sensible 5-seat arrangement. Like the ID.4, purchasers will also be made available a assortment of premium toys, this sort of as a customisable ambient lighting technique, massaging seats and a panoramic sunroof.
When the Audi Q4 e-tron ultimately goes on sale, it’ll be part of a increasing market of premium electrical SUVs. Rivals contain the Jaguar I-Speed and Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 – as properly as the future Tesla Model Y and BMW iX3.
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