Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron concept revealed

Andrew Cummings
July 9, 2020

The large rear glass does remind us of fastback body style but the Q4 E-Tron Sportback will be looking to leverage craze for coupe-styled SUVs among customers with battery power. This includes a prominent light band connecting the rear lights, the downward sloping roofline which transitions into the D-pillars and ends in a horizontal spoiler, an upright octagonal frame at the front in place of a traditional radiator grille, pronounced fenders of all wheels and 22-inch alloys which combine to give it a dominantly stylish presence.

In the online "Vorsprung" event, Audi CEO Markus Duessman introduced the new Q4 e-tron Sportback concept, saying it will join the Q4 e-tron as the German auto maker's "be first premium electric volume SUV and gateway to into the progressive premium segment". It is the coming together of Audi's key product cues: Q, Sportback and e-tron and as Audi launched it.

Expanding its portfolio of electric cars, German automaker Audi has pulled the covers off two of its performance models, the e-Tron S, and e-Tron S Sportback. Interior space is comparable to that of a higher class of vehicle, say a Q5 in this case. This has been made largely possible due to the absence of a transmission tunnel which has freed up space in terms of legroom at the front and at the rear. The upper section is finished in white/beige microfiber textiles while the floor materials are recycled. The widened features of the Q4 e-tronconcept and Q4 Sportback concept are created to be highly organic and flowing, and they add a characteristic touch to the side view.

Inside, Audi's virtual cockpit also carries over. To their right, is a 12.3-inch infotainment system and minimalist climate controls. The squared-off steering wheel houses capacitive touch buttons, while there is also a colour HUD. Based on the flexible MEB (modular electrification platform) architecture that underpins many VW Group electric vehicles, it comes equipped with two electric motors and a 82 kWh battery pack. The front motor supplies the front wheels with up to 100 bho and 150 Nm.

With a maximum charge rate of 125 kilowatts, the Q4 e-tron Sportback will take a little more than 30 minutes to reach 80 percent of the total battery capacity. And the top speed is restricted to 180 kmph.

While the dual motor version offers 450km according to the WLTP standard, versions with rear-wheel drive will, according to Audi, offer a range of over 500km.

The Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron concept are bold statements of intent from Audi in a world fast moving towards electric mobility. The Sportback electric is said to have the roomiest cabin in its segment.

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