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Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback: with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive

VW ID.3 and ID.4 made the start, soon the ID.5 and the Cupra Born will be added. Since the VW Group wants to bring six MEB vehicles onto the market in 2021, two are still missing. It is almost certainly the Q4 e-tron and its coupé-like variant, the Q4 e-tron Sportback.

As a study, Audi showed the Q4 e-tron at the Geneva Motor Show 2019. The car was already ready for series production. As mentioned, it is based on the MEB and is therefore a close relative of the Skoda Enyaq and VW ID.4. With a length of 4.59 meters, the study was as big as the ID.4, the Nissan Ariya and the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and with a height of 1.61 meters, it was also similar. The wheelbase (2.77 meters) is identical to that of the Enyaq and ID.4. The 22-inch wheels of the study are likely to be a bit smaller in the production version.

With all-wheel drive, two seconds faster to 100 km / h

The Q4 e-tron study was powered by two electric motors with a total of 225 kW (306 hp). The well-known 150 kW rear engine is combined with a 75 kW unit on the front axle. The VW ID.4 GTX should also get the same drive. The Audi should sprint to 100 km / h in 6.3 seconds and reach 180 km / h. That would mean that the car sprints around two seconds faster than the ID.4 with 150 kW rear-wheel drive and 20 km / h faster at top speed.

The battery offers 82 kWh; This is probably the gross energy content, net it should be 77 kWh as with the top versions of the ID.4. In any case, the range should be around 450 kilometers according to the WLTP standard. The battery is charged (as in the higher versions of the ID.4) with a maximum of 125 kilowatts of direct current. It takes little more than 30 minutes to reach 80 percent of the total capacity again.

Picture gallery: Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi promises good aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of 0.28, a sophisticated recuperation strategy and complex thermal management, including with a heat pump. Audi has provided a 12.3-inch touchscreen for the cockpit as well as the head-up display with augmented reality function, which the ID.3 and ID.4 already have.

The coupé-like version of the Q4 e-tron (with the addition Sportback) was presented in July 2020. The dimensions are almost identical: the Sportback version is one centimeter longer and one centimeter lower. Width and wheelbase are identical, as is the all-wheel drive with 225 kW. The rear motor (a PSM) takes over the main load of the drive for reasons of efficiency, the front unit (an ASM) is only switched on when there is a high power requirement, for reasons of driving dynamics or when the road is slippery.

Also with rear-wheel drive

When introducing the Sportback, Audi mentioned not only all-wheel drive but also "versions with rear-wheel drive" that will cover over 500 km. We see no reason why the normal Q4 e-tron shouldn't get that too. At 0.26, the drag coefficient is even lower than the normal Q4 e-tron and also lower than the Nissan Ariya and VW ID.4. However, the peak value of the Tesla Model Y (0.23) is not reached.

The production version of the Q4 e-tron should actually be presented as early as 2020, at the same time as the e-tron GT. That probably broke down because of Corona. Audi plans to present the production version of the Q4 e-tron Sportback in 2021. Will the twins be introduced together? We suspect that the Audi will be presented before the ID.4 GTX in any case, as it will be positioned higher and the Group should therefore give the Audi priority.

Picture gallery: Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback Concept