With the frequency of spy photos coming out of the upcoming Audi Q4 e-tron, it seems that its official reveal is imminent. We already know that the Audi e-tron GT is on its way, along with its Taycan-rivaling RS variant, but the Q4 e-tron is coming soon, too. New spy photos have surfaced, showing off the smallest electric Audi doing some winter testing in the snow. (We don’t own the photos but you can see them here)
This upcoming Audi Q4 e-tron will not only be the brand’s smallest, least expensive electric car but it will also be the first Audi EV built on the MEB architecture. MEB is the Volkswagen Group’s small electric modular architecture, the same one that underpins the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4. It will also underpin all small Audi EVs, with the Q4 e-tron leading the charge.
Audi has been quiet on official details but it did give out some early info with the concept car. According to the folks in Ingolstadt, the Q4 e-tron Concept had a dual-motor, all-wheel drive setup with 301 horsepower. That’s entirely possible as a sort of top-end model, while there’s likely to be a single-motor, rear-wheel drive model similar to the Volkswagen ID.4. That car makes 201 horsepower and sports an 82 kWh battery pack with around 250 miles of range. Expect similar figures from the entry-level Q4 e-tron.
The Audi Q4 e-tron could be the most important car in the pipeline. While the e-tron GT is going to be awesome, the Q4 e-tron is what’s going to sell in volume, or at least that’s what Audi is hoping. It’s the car that’s supposed to get a large amount of Audi’s fanbase, as well as EV customers in general, into electric Audis. It will be the cheapest Audi EV and have pricing similar to the Q5. So when it debuts, it will have the best chance to help Audi sell EVs. If it fails, Audi could have a tough road ahead of it.