Fans of design, appearance, and German engineering are drawn toward beautiful, high performance automobiles like Audi. Aficionados of the line have long awaited its newest rendition. The new Q4 Sportback e-tron concept fulfils the desires of Audi fans everywhere with production versions to be launched in 2021.
Enthusiasts wonder, does the new vehicle fit the description of SUV or Sportback SUV with a dash of coupé extract? Audi Q3 and e-tron customers are already accustomed to choosing which of these silhouettes suits them best, and the unveiling of the new Q4 Sportback e-tron concept means the same dilemma will soon face fans of the brand’s first fully electric compact SUV.
“With the Q4 e-tron concepts we are outlining our plans to cascade e-tron technology into the compact SUV class, and I think these studies clearly show that we will be downsizing without in any way downgrading,” says Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. “Like the two e-trons that paved the way for them both versions are hugely attractive interpretations of the SUV and Sportback brief underpinned by the very latest electrification technology delivered with characteristic Audi quality and ingenuity. I have no doubt that they will encourage wider acceptance of the benefits of electric driving, with the Audi e-tron range.” Audi’s range of seven fully electrified vehicles promises to change the way we think of environmentally conscious driving.
The two concept cars are also twins in technological terms, and give a clear indication of the direction Audi engineers are taking for the powertrain of ‘performance versions’ of the series production model. Spanning almost the entire length of the underbody area, the large battery that brings the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept to life has a capacity of 82 kilowatt hours, giving a WLTP-certified range of up to 279 miles that sets a new benchmark in this class. By mounting the drive components as low down as possible and as centrally as possible in the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept Audi engineers have created the optimal conditions for composed and surefooted handling. This configuration positions the centre of gravity at a similar level to that of a saloon car with a conventional powertrain.
The modular electrification platform (MEB) will offer a broad range of electric drive variants and power levels, including the performance version installed in the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept. As there is no mechanical connection between the axles, sophisticated electronic control ensures that the torque is apportioned exactly as the situation and conditions demand, and does so in fractions of a second.
The silhouette of the Sportback arcs rearwards in a subtle and dynamic curve. Its roof line transitions into the significantly inclined D-pillars and ends in a horizontal spoiler. The prominent wings are another classic Audi design feature that has stood the test of even more time. Large 22-inch wheels also emphasise the sinewy stance of the newest member of the Audi family.
The Q4 Sportback e-tron concept is painted in the new colour kinetic grey, a light metallic and pearl effect colour that also displays hints of green when viewed from certain angles. In contrast, the lower sections of the body are finished in dark grey. This segmentation emphasises the width and horizontal orientation of the body architecture.The sense of space and sustainability is emphasised by design and colour, which combines light, warm colours for the upper section of the cabin with contrasting dark carpet in the floor area. Four seats with integrated head restraints are upholstered with comfortable Alcantara material manufactured with exquisite workmanship.
The Audi virtual cockpit in the binnacle behind the steering wheel provides speed, charge level, and navigation information with pin-sharp clarity, while the large-format head-up display with an augmented reality function is a new feature. Above the centre console, a 12.3-inch touchscreen tilted towards the driver provides access to the infotainment and vehicle functions. Frequently used functions can also be selected conveniently via control panels designed as touch elements on the steering wheel spokes.
Audi’s newest rendition predicts the driver’s every need. Sleek design, comfort, and performance are at the heart of this beautiful car. Long-time fans and new converts will find something to love as they drive the New Q4 Sportback e-tron concept.