Audi has unveiled its latest electric concept vehicle, the Q4 e-tron, at the Geneva Motor Show. Due to be launched at the end of 2020, the compact SUV will be Audi’s fifth electric model and will boast a range of more than 450km (279 miles).
Two electric motors mobilise 225 kW of system power with the vehicle capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in just 6.3 seconds. It reaches its maximum speed at an electronically limited 111mph.
A large battery with a capacity of 82 kilowatt hours takes up almost the entire space in the underbody area between the axles. The range of over 450 kilometres (279 miles) sets the benchmark in its class, claims Audi.
The theme of sustainability continues with vegan Alcantara material used for the seats, plus recycled floor coverings and a specially developed exterior blue paint colour, ‘Solar Sky’, which reflects a short-wave fraction of sunlight. This reduces heat build-up on the body and the cabin, meaning less energy is needed to cool the car on hot days.
Aiming to launch twelve all-electric drive models by 2025, Audi began its electric offensive quite late with the world premiere of the all-electric SUV Audi e-tron in September 2018.
The Audi Q4 e-tron concept gives an advance look at what will already be the fifth series production electric vehicle that the manufacturer will introduce by the end of 2020. Sales of the Audi e-tron have already started, and the first vehicles will be delivered to the customers before the end of March 2019.
Later this year, the Audi e-tron Sportback will be presented while the Audi Q2L e-tron, which was designed specifically for the Chinese market, will roll off the assembly line. The presentation of the production version of the four-door high-performance coupé Audi e-tron GT, which is being developed at Audi Sport GmbH, is planned for the second half of 2020.
The compact Audi Q4 e-tron is to make its production debut at the same time. With this offer, Audi now claims it will cover all of the important market segments with electric drive vehicles, from the A segment to the full-size class, just under two years after the launch of the first electric car.