New Audi Electric SUV
Audi is to add two new fully electric models to its Q line-up in the form of the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron.
The Q4 e-tron is smaller than the existing e-tron and e-tron GT models but shares common themes of styling and technology, both of which are inspired by the bigger cars.
Two battery options will be available – 52kWh and 77kWh, badged as the Q4 35 e-tron and Q4 40 e-tron. Both use a single electric motor powering the rear wheels. These two models will be joined by a four-wheel-drive range topper, the Q4 50 e-tron quattro, which has an electric motor on both axles and a combined power output of 295bhp, resulting in a 0-60mph time of six seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 112mph.
The more coupé-like ‘Sportback’ model offers a better range than the SUV hatch model – 217 miles versus 212 with the smaller battery, 323 versus 319 miles with the bigger power pack. The dual-motor Q4 50 e-tron has a claimed range of 303 miles.
The smaller battery e-tron allows for charge speeds of up to 100kW, while the larger battery can receive up to 125kW for even quicker charging. Audi says that, using a 125kW charger, a 5-80 per cent charge can take just 38 minutes.
The Q4 e-tron also sees Audi’s largest ever touch screen make its debut. An 11.6-ich unit dominates the centre of the dash if specified as an option, while even in standard form the Q4 e-tron receives a 10.1-inch central touchscreen. All models also get a 10.25-inch configurable screen ahead of the driver too. An augmented reality head-up display can be added as an option, showing key information such as navigation, speed and battery level directly on the windscreen.
The new model goes on sale in June 2021 and prices will be announced closer to its on-sale date.