10/07/2020

Introducing the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept

Expected to go into production in 2021, Audi presents the Coupé variant of Q4 e-tron as a concept car

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The Audi Q4 e-tron concept gave visitors to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a taste of the first compact electric SUV from Audi. From a technical perspective, they are identical twins, but in terms of their shape, they each have their own unmistakable and characteristic features.

Customers will be able to decide whether they prefer the versatility and robustness of the classic SUV or the dynamic elegance of the Coupé variant. The dimensions of the two Q4 models are almost exactly the same: With an exterior length of 4.60 meters (15.1 ft) and a height of 1.60 m (5.2 ft), the Sportback is one centimetre (0.4 in) longer and flatter. The Q4 variants are identical in terms of their width of 1.90 m (6.2 ft) and their wheelbase of 2.77 meters (9.1 ft). In addition to these similarities, the two concept cars also have the same drive technology, with two electric motors mobilising 225 kW of system output in the Q4 and Q4 Sportback e-tron concept. As is typical for Audi, the driving power is brought to the road with quattro all-wheel drive. Thanks to excellent traction, both versions of the Q4 accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 6.3 seconds. Top speed is restricted to 180 km/h (111.8 mph).

​The Audi Q4 Sportback appears much longer than its sister model, the Q4 e-tron concept. The silhouette of the Sportback slopes downward to the back in a subtle and dynamic curve and the roof line transitions into the significantly inclined D-pillars, ending in a horizontal spoiler at the level of the lower window edge. The striking broad light band that connects the two lamp units on the rear end of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept was incorporated to reflect an element of the Audi Q4 e-tron concept. This is the same for the inside of the lights, where the significant sweep of the LED segments is also reminiscent of an element of the Q4 e-tron concept. 

From the front, the Singleframe with the Audi rings identifies the brand and it will take no more than two glances to see that this is an electric Audi. Like the first production Audi with electric drive, the new concept vehicle features a structured closed surface within a broad, octagonal frame in place of a traditional radiator grille. The widened features of the Q4 e-tron concept and Q4 Sportback concept are designed to be highly organic and flowing, and they add a characteristic touch to the side view. The accentuation of the rocker panel area between the axles, where the battery and thus the powerhouse of this SUV is located, is a typical feature of the e-tron. Large 22-inch wheels leave no doubt as to the potential of the newest member of the Audi family.

With its dimensions, the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept also takes its position in the upper third of the compact class. Its road space requirements qualify the electric SUV as an agile all-rounder. In terms of the interior, by contrast, its wheelbase of 2.77 meters (9.1 ft) puts it at least one class higher. As there is no transmission tunnel restricting the space, the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept offers unsuspected spaciousness and comfort, especially in terms of legroom at the front and even more in the rear. The spaciousness is emphasised by the colours used inside the vechicle with light, warm colours in the upper section and a contrasting dark carpet in the floor section. The window pillars and upper section of the door rail and dash panel are a fresh white and beige. The floor covering is made of recycled materials and Instead of chrome-plated metal decor frames, the surfaces are covered with a high-quality multi-layer paint finish. 

The Audi virtual cockpit displays important key elements for your journey and is located behind the steering wheel and a new feature, the large format head-up display with an augmented reality function, displays directly on the course of the road. Control panels designed as touch elements on the steering wheel spokes can be used to select frequently used functions and options. In the middle above the centre console, there is a 12.3-inch touchscreen via which the infotainment and vehicle functions are displayed and operated. It is tilted toward the driver so this be easily used whilst driving. As the centre console does not need to hold functional elements such as a gear lever or hand brake actuation elements, it is designed as a spacious stowage compartment that includes a phone charging cradle. There is a horizontal area in high-quality design into which the selector button for the transmission mode is integrated and that also serves as a cover for the front section of the console. In addition to the conventional lower storage compartment, the doors now provide the possibility to store bottles in the specially moulded upper section, where they are easy to reach.​