New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback Concept revealed: price, specs and release date
- Electric car with 82kWh battery
- Up to 310-mile range
- Two- and Four-wheel drive options
- Available with up to 306hp
- 0-60 in less than 6.3 seconds
- New AR sat-nav previewed
- Expected to cost from £50,000
- On sale in 2021
Technically, the new Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback is just a concept for now, but it shows us exactly what to expect when the production model goes on sale in 2021.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback styling
Most Audi SUVs are festooned with hard edges and sharp angles but the new Q4 e-tron Sportback has gone for a slightly softer design. For a start, the massive silver trim that mimics a traditional grille has more rounded edges than the ones you get on a Q7, Q5 or Q3, and the headlights aren’t quite as angular, either.
The large intakes – well, the plastic intake-effect trims – in the front bumper ape those on the standard Q4 e-tron, but the upturned silver hook-like trims to each side are exclusive to the Sportback.
Deep creases on the Q4 e-tron Sportback’s sides are similar to those on the standard Q4 e-tron, but the sloping roofline is all-new and gives it a coupe-SUV vibe in the same vein as the Audi Q3 Sportback. This concept doesn’t come with rear-view cameras instead of conventional mirrors like the current Audi e-tron, but that’s not to say they won’t be available as an option on the finished car. Audi has confirmed that you’ll be able to get it with massive 22-inch alloy wheels.
At the back, you’ll spot a two-piece rear windscreen that’s split by a protruding spoiler. It looks great, but probably won’t help with rear visibility. The full-width brake lights and heavily sculpted rear bumper with illuminated e-tron logo look very similar to those on the standard Q4 e-tron, but the Sportback model adds another bit of contrasting silver trim.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback interior
The new Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback’s interior looks pretty much identical to the standard Q4 e-tron’s. This means it gets a large digital driver’s display and an infotainment display on the dashboard that’s heavily angled towards the driver.
The head-up-display has also been upgraded. Now it’ll display augmented-reality directions for the sat-nav in the form of large arrows that point directly towards the turning you need to take – just like the system that’ll feature in the upcoming Mercedes S-Class.
You don’t get a large square touchscreen for the climate controls on the centre console like in the Q7 and Q8. Instead, the Q4 e-tron Sportback gets a small collection of touchpads under the main infotainment display.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback motors and driving
You’ll be able to get the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback with a single or a pair of electric motors. In dual-motor versions, one motor drives the front wheels and a second sends power to the rear. In normal driving, the rear motor does most of the work, but when you put your foot down they both work together to help the Q4 e-tron Sportback do 0-60 in less than 6.3 seconds.
The rear motor produces 204hp and 310Nm of torque while the front motor contributes 102hp and 150Nm of torque. The battery pack is located in the floor between the front and rear wheels to keep the car’s centre of gravity low – crucial to stop a tall SUV from leaning in tight corners. Single-motor models will come with just the rear motor. They won’t be quite as quick, but they will be able to travel further between charges.
Dual-motor versions can send different amounts of power to the front and rear wheels depending on how much grip is available, but the Q4 e-tron Sportback hasn’t been designed with rock-strewn off-road trails in mind…
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback battery and range
Speaking of range, four-wheel-drive versions of the Q4 e-tron Sportback will manage 280 miles between charges. Rear-wheel-drive models will be able to eke out an impressive 310 miles on a single charge. For comparison, the Jaguar I-Pace can manage almost 300 miles on a charge while long-range versions of the Tesla Model Y Performance can do 315 miles.
You’ll be able to charge the Q4 e-tron Sportback using a variety of wallboxes and public charge points but the fastest way to boost its batteries is with a 125kW fast charger. These aren’t particularly common – yet – but they will top-up the Audi’s batteries from 0-80% charged in around half an hour.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback price and release date
Audi hasn’t released any details on how much the new Q4 e-tron Sportback will cost, or when it’ll go on sale. Expect to wait until 2021 to see it in showrooms, however – after the standard Q4 e-tron has gone on sale.
Two-wheel-drive versions should cost close to £50,000, while higher-spec, faster four-wheel-drive models will set you back more like £60,000. That’s approximately the same as the four-wheel-drive Jaguar I-Pace.
If you can’t wait for the new Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback, see how much you can save on the latest Audi electric car on our Audi e-tron review page.