Currently reading: Audi plans to launch A4-sized electric saloon in 2023
Tesla Model 3 rival will slot into the firm's growing E-tron range
Rachel Burgess
News
2 mins read
26 March 2019

Audi will introduce an A4-sized electric saloon in 2023 as part of its growing range of E-tron models. 

The brand launched its flagship E-Tron SUV last year, with the sibling car version, the E-tron Sportback, going on sale later this year. At the recent Geneva show, Audi revealed a Q4 E-tron SUV concept, which is due in late 2020 in production guise alongside an E-tron GT four-door sports car

Audi design boss Marc Lichte said the brand would also develop a saloon that will be offered at a similar price to the Q4 E-tron. “There will be [electric] SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the E-tron GT, which is our ‘halo’ car,” he told Autocar at Geneva. “There will be an E-tron GT in the [A4- sized] segment as well. We’re working on this right now.” 

Lichte said the electric saloon will be built on the PPE architecture, an electric platform shared with Porsche, which is also used on the A6-sized E-tron GT. 

Audi is working on a number of electric platforms. The E-tron and E-tron Sportback are based on Audi’s adapted MLB platform, while the Q4 E-tron uses the Volkswagen Group’s bespoke electric MEB platform. 

Audi CEO Bram Schot said the Q4 E-tron will be “a major volume player” for the brand and will match sales of the Q3 “sooner than you might think”. 

Schot has also vowed that Audi can bounce back from its sharp drop in profits in 2018. The firm struggled due to the impact of new WLTP emissions tests, but said a reduction in the number of engine and trim combinations it offers has eased that problem. 

Read more

Audi E-tron review

2019 Audi E-tron Sportback previewed at Geneva

Audi reveals Q4 e-tron electric SUV ahead of 2020 sale​

Advertisement
Advertisement

Find an Autocar review

Read our review

Car review
Audi E-tron 55 Quattro 2019 road test review - hero front

Zero-emissions, all-paw SUV leads Germany’s charge to electrification

Join the debate

Comments
9
Add a comment…
roy_g_biv 27 March 2019

A4-sized electric saloon

Will it be overweight and underdeveloped like its 'flagship' E-Tron SUV as reported recently.

 

fleabane 26 March 2019

next A4 to have 4 wheels and a windscreen

Ignoring the year, which will be wrong, it would be surprising if they weren’t.

fadyady 26 March 2019

Too little too late

This is 2019. Tesla is whupping yours now. Who is going to hold their next purchase until 2023?

Find an Autocar car review