MEB-based compact SUV follows full-size E-tron to market with a range of 280 miles
5 March 2019

Audi’s most prominent debut at this year’s Geneva motor show is the new Q4 e-tron, set to launch late in 2020 as the firm’s fifth electric model.

The Q4 arrives about a year after the company’s first series production EV, the E-tron SUV, and shares relative styling details and some of its mechanical make-up with its recently launched sibling. It’s the next step that will see 12 Audi electric cars on sale by 2025.

Described as being “in the upper third of the compact class” in terms of size and market positioning, the 4.59-metre long and 1.9-metre wide Q4 e-tron is slightly shorter and wider than today’s Audi Q5. It borrows exterior styling cues from the E-tron (and E-tron GT concept), including the single-frame grille and similar lighting profiles, but in a smaller and more athletic-looking package.

A special ‘Solar Sky’ paint scheme, debuting on this concept, has been developed specifically to reflect a shortwave fraction of sunlight to “significantly” reduce heat build-up on the body and in the cabin. This reduces the power needed to cool the cabin for its occupants and could subsequently improve range.

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The interior is claimed to be more spacious than its dimensions suggest thanks to a substantial 2.77-metre wheelbase and the lack of any transmission tunnel. Despite the car’s official status as a concept, the interior, with its dual-screen layout and minimalist, touch-operated switchgear, looks like it could translate into production relatively easily.

The Q4 e-tron uses the VW Group’s bespoke all-electric MEB platform, rather than the adapted MQ platform of the larger E-tron. Not only is it a platform designed to underpin EVs from the off, it should reduce complexity and build cost of the model.

The concept showcases the next-generation design of Audi design much like the E-tron GT, which will be launch at similar time in 2021, according to design boss Marc Lichte. He said: “We still have the Quattro look but surfaces are softer with reduced sharp lines.

“The single-frame grille is inverted like the E-tron but this takes it a step further as it will always be body colour.”

“On the light signature, the customer can choose between different light graphics at both the front and rear. It will be the first car in the world where you can pick light graphics. There will be up to 25 options.”

The concept uses a synchronous electric motor powering the rear axle most of the time, itself putting out 202bhp and 229lb ft of torque. But, this being an Audi, there’s also a second, smaller electric motor powering the front wheels when traction is low or when full power is requested. It means the total system output is 302bhp - around 100bhp less than the full-size E-tron.

The battery, mounted under the vehicle floor, is an 82kWh capacity unit that can be charged at a maximum of 125kW. Doing so would result in an 80% charge in 30 minutes. The total range is put at 280 miles on the WLTP cycle.

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5 March 2019

That's an odd place for an EV to have the charge port (where the fuel tank filler would be on a fossil car). Are we sure this is the EV Q4 and not just a generic ICE Q4 picture?

5 March 2019

 

Has Audi drastically changed their designers??? How on earth do they expect to sell a car which looks more like a hoover than an actual car... 

Also, with only just over 200hp i presume that this car was not built for speed.

 

On the other hand, if this car can carry almost 280 miles in electric and charge in 45 minutes it will be a competative electric car.

dw04

5 March 2019
DW04 wrote:

 

Has Audi drastically changed their designers??? How on earth do they expect to sell a car which looks more like a hoover than an actual car... 

Also, with only just over 200hp i presume that this car was not built for speed.

 

On the other hand, if this car can carry almost 280 miles in electric and charge in 45 minutes it will be a competative electric car.

Did you not read the article it outputs up to 302 Bhp so will not be slow. Its looks are subjective but a hoover, really! Come on give them credit for making something a little different. We are entering the most profound change in the history of powered transport. Embrace it.

5 March 2019
Nubian wrote:
DW04 wrote:

 

Has Audi drastically changed their designers??? How on earth do they expect to sell a car which looks more like a hoover than an actual car... 

Also, with only just over 200hp i presume that this car was not built for speed.

 

On the other hand, if this car can carry almost 280 miles in electric and charge in 45 minutes it will be a competative electric car.

Did you not read the article it outputs up to 302 Bhp so will not be slow. Its looks are subjective but a hoover, really! Come on give them credit for making something a little different. We are entering the most profound change in the history of powered transport. Embrace it.

 

ok fair enough it is quite fast.... but this does not change my views about this cars horrific design...

dw04

5 March 2019

Why is it that the whole design of a car changes when it is electric?? German cars do not suit electric power...

In my opinion it looks more plastic toy than anything else.

Audi have a game on hand to get it range of 280 miles!! Electric power is way too limited.

5 March 2019

Yippee - even less space on our roads and car parks! Why does it need to be wider, seeing as there is no transmission tunnel to accommodate?

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