Just earlier today, we learned that the Audi e-tron SUV is drastically behind the Tesla Model X, or any Tesla for that matter, in terms of sales. It’s no secret that Tesla is the brand every other EV automaker is chasing. Now we’re learning that Audi has yet another EV in the works that will target Tesla directly and a specific Tesla model at that — the Model 3.
According to a new report from Autoblog, there will be an Audi A4-sized e-tron sedan to take on the Tesla Model 3. This new Audi e-tron model will be built on the same MEB architecture as the upcoming Audi Q4 e-tron and Volkswagen ID.3.
“We can envision a sportier version [of the Q4] and a sedan,” Markus Jeschke, MEB project manager, told Autoblog.
There’s no timeline on this Audi A4-sized EV sedan but it’s going to come after the Q4 e-tron, which will go into production next year. So don’t expect an all-electric sedan from Audi until at least 2021. However, Audi plans on launching at least 20 electrified models — both fully-electric and plug-in hybrid models — by 2025. So expect more and more electric models to start rolling out quickly in the near future.
Though, fans can take solace in the fact that the Audi Q4 e-tron is coming soon and will look very similar to the concept shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. According to Audi’s exterior designer, Wolf Seebers, the Q4 e-tron concept is 97-percent production-ready. So it should look every bit as exciting and interesting as the awesome concept.
That’s not entirely surprising, though, as both the same was said about the Audi e-tron SUV and the same is being said about the upcoming e-tron GT. It seems as if Audi is designing its electric concepts close to production-ready.
We’re very excited about the upcoming electric cars to come from the four-ringed brand. With a high-performance GT, sporty crossovers and an all-electric sedan in the pipeline, there will be plenty of awesome e-tron models to take Tesla on directly. Audi just has to hope it will be in time.