Now that the Audi e-tron GT is here — and even configurable online — our attention turns to the next EV from Ingolstadt, the Q4 e-tron. Audi has teased it a bit, with some camouflaged spy photos and fully-revealed interior photos, but we still have yet to see the full car. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too much longer, as both the Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback will debut on April 14.
In a recent Facebook post, Audi revealed the release date for both cars, and was specific that both would debut at the same time.
For car enthusiasts, the idea of a small electric crossover isn’t exactly exciting. However, the Q4 e-tron and its Sportback sibling are more important than one might think. Being the entry-level e-tron models, both the Q4 and the Q4 Sportback are going to be the cars that introduce current Audi customers to electrification.
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According to Audi, the upcoming Q4 e-trons are going to be priced similarly to the Q5, which is easily one of the best selling Audi models in the world. Due to the Q5’s incredible popularity with Audi customers, offering an EV alternative at the same price, or at least close to it, will make a lot of customers curious about making the switch.
If there’s one area that will genuinely tempt existing Audi customers, it’s the Q4 e-tron’s interior. While similar to many other Audi products, the Audi Q4 e-tron gets the latest and greatest technology, a more tech-inspired design, and, most importantly, more cabin space. Being an EV, the Q4 e-tron has more interior space than the Q5, due to not needing to work around an engine, transmission, driveshafts, a Quattro all-wheel drive system, gas tank, or a myriad of radiators, intercoolers, and all of their accompanying hoses.
The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback are both built on the same MEB architecture, which is the VW Group’s modular electric platform and the same one that underpins the VW ID.3 and ID.4. Audi’s been quiet on exact specs but we’re expecting similar power and range to the ID.4. Hopefully the Q4 twins have a bit more range and power, though, as the Volkswagen is a tad underwhelming.
[Source: Audi Facebook]