It’s getting difficult to keep up with all of the e-tron news coming from Audi. It seems like every month a new fully-electric car is being announced or planned. We already have the Audi e-tron SUV, the e-tron GT, the Q4 e-tron and the e-tron Sportback. Yet, the four-ringed brand is apparently already working on another electric car similar to the Audi e-tron GT, only sized more closely to the Audi A4.
According to this report from Autocar, this A4-sized Audi e-tron GT will be released around 2023 and it will be priced closely to the Q4 e-tron. “There will be [electric] SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the e-tron GT, which is our ‘halo’ car,” Audi design boss Marc Lichte told Autocar in Geneva. “There will be an e-tron GT in the [A4- sized] segment as well. We’re working on this right now.”
This smaller Audi e-tron GT (whatever it ends up being called) will be based on the brand’s new PPE all-electric architecture, shared with Porsche. It’s the same electric platform that underpins the current e-tron GT Concept and the Porsche Taycan. This is a separate architecture than what’s used on all other Audi e-tron models. For instance, both the e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback (bare with me, I know the names can be confusing) use a modified version of Audi’s MLB architecture, which underpins the Audi Q7 and A6. However, the Audi Q4 e-tron will be build on the VW Group’s MEB all-electric architecture.
According to Audi CEO Bram Schot, the Audi Q4 e-tron will be priced similarly to the Audi Q3 and compete with it for sales “sooner than you might think”. So Audi is banking on the new Q4 e-tron to be a bit of a volume seller for the brand and not just among its electric offerings. If that’s the case, this upcoming A4-sized Audi e-tron GT could end up being a volume seller and competing with the A4 sooner than you might think as well.