WORLD PREMIERE: Audi Q4 e-tron Concept Electrifies Geneva

At last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Audi showed off its e-tron while it was still covered in heavy camouflaged. As Audi’s first all-electric model, the e-tron was a huge deal. Now, the four-ringed brand is working on its third electric model which is making its worldwide debut in Geneva as we speak — the Audi Q4 e-tron Concept.

The new Audi Q4 e-tron Concept is a very production-ready concept and one that looks like it could be the best looking SUV in the brand’s lineup. It looks very sporty and muscular, with its tapered roofline and flared rear wheel arches. For an electric SUV, it’s actually quite pretty.

There are some really nice design touches here. Personally, I like the roofline with its integrated rear spoiler, the shape of the rear quarter window and the rear taillights/rear light bar. Its muscular haunches seal the deal, though. The Audi Q4 e-tron is prettier than an electric crossover has the right to be. Thankfully, it seems that it’s not just a pretty face.

It’s been built on the VW Groups’ modular electric “MEB” architecture, similar to the Volkswagen I.D. So it’s lightweight and rigid, while also being built on a dedicated electric architecture, rather than being built on an adaptive traditional car platform.

The 82 kWh battery pack that lies in the belly of the car provides it with a very healthy maximum range of 450 km (279 miles), which is best in class. That’s also according to the WLTP, Europe’s new and very strict standards. While the battery pack weighs 510 lbs, all of that weight is in the belly of the car, giving it the center of gravity of a snake. Also, its axle-load distribution is 50/50, making it very balanced.

Sending power to the wheels are two electric motors, one at each axle. What’s interesting is that the rear axle is considerably more powerful, with 201 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque. The front axle gets 100 hp and 110 lb-ft. Combined, they make 301 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque. But we’re wondering if it will be a rear-biased all-wheel drive EV, thanks to its punchier rear axle. That allows the Audi Q4 e-tron to get from 0-60 mph in about 6.3 seconds.

Audi claims this will also be a sporty little crossover to drive. Thanks to its multi-link rear suspension and McPherson front axle. Adaptive dampers will also be available on the Q4 e-tron, so it seems as if Audi does want to make it a sportier, more fun crossover than might be expected.

On the inside, the Audi Q4 e-tron looks like a mix between the e-tron SUV and the Audi Q3. So while the overall shape and design of the cabin looks similar to a Q3’s, its screens, center console and steering wheel are all e-tron. It looks good; simple and high-tech. Though, not as high-tech as the original e-tron SUV. Note the conventional mirrors.

According to Audi, by 2025 the four-ringed brand will have twelve all-electric models. That’s a lot in just four years, especially considering that there’s only one production electric Audi at the moment. However, both the e-tron GT and this Audi Q4 e-tron look very production-ready and should be hitting the road sooner than later.

This new Q4 e-tron could be the most important electric model yet from Audi. That’s because it will likely be affordable to most Audi customers, while offering far more than enough range. It also looks great and is almost as practical as the standard e-tron SUV.

We can’t wait until this becomes a production car and we can give it a test. It’s the sort of car I’d personally be very interested in buying.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.