New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback spotted: price, specs and release date
Audi’s already revealed the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback in concept-car form, but now the Jaguar I-Pace alternative has been spotted out on the road as a prototype.
- 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
Audi’s range of electric SUVs is rapidly expanding. The full-size Audi e-tron came out a couple of years ago and it’ll soon be joined by a smaller Q4 e-tron and this Q4 e-tron Sportback, which is essentially a sportier-looking coupe version of the Q4.
Previously, all you’ve had to go on were images of a concept car released by Audi (check it out in the video above) but now images have surfaced showing a prototype Q4 e-tron Sportback being tested.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback design
Audi’s conventional cars are all hard edges and sharp creases, but its e-tron electric cars tend to be a bit curvier. This is definitely the case with the new Q4 e-tron. Both versions are instantly recognisable by their chunky wheelarches and huge front grille. Well, it isn’t really a grille; just a huge piece of plastic trim with a ring of silver-coloured trim.
The intakes in the corners of the front bumper feature a hook-shaped sliver of silver trim that runs under the grille, linking both sides – a detail exclusive to the Sportback.
Where the Q4 e-tron Sportback differs most, of course, is its plunging roofline that creates a coupe-like silhouette – just like on the Audi Q3 Sportback, the Q8 and the larger e-tron Sportback. Curiously, the Sportback features a two-piece rear windscreen with a central spoiler. It’s probably there to improve aerodynamics but won’t do much for rear visibility.
Otherwise, the rear is identical to the regular Q4’s tail section, with a full-width strip of rear lights, heavily sculpted bumper and an illuminated e-tron logo. The heavily camouflaged Sportback prototype shown here doesn’t show any particular details, but we can see its proportions will be very similar to those of the concept.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback interior
The Sportback’s interior is pretty much identical to that of the regular Q4 e-tron’s cabin. It comes with Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit digital driver’s display and a dashboard heavily angled towards the driver.
A large infotainment touchscreen sits in the middle of the dash, and underneath you’ll spot a row of touchpad controls for the climate control.
A head-up display will also be available, featuring augmented reality satnav that shows large arrows pointing to the correct turning. The latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a similar feature. It seems that the Q4 e-tron won’t get the side-view cameras that are available on the bigger Audi e-tron, however.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback motors and driving
The Q4 e-tron Sportback will be available with two- and four-wheel-drive. The 4WD version has two electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels. The rear motor will do most of the work, but the front motor will join in if more grip is needed, or if you hoof the throttle.
The rear motor produces 204hp and 310Nm of torque, while the front motor makes 102hp and 150Nm. Audi says it’ll do 0-60mph in less than 6.3 seconds. The 2WD version has just the one motor powering the real wheels. It has less power and isn’t as quick but has a longer range. We’ll come back to that in a moment.
The Q4 e-tron’s battery pack sits between the front and rear wheels, below the floor. This helps maximise cabin space and should stop its tall body from leaning in tight corners.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback battery and range
Audi says four-wheel-drive versions of the Q4 e-tron Sportback will have a 280-mile range and the two-wheel-drive version will eke out 310 miles. By comparison, the Jaguar I-Pace has a range of around 300 miles, while Tesla claims the Model Y Performance can do 315 miles on a single charge.
The Q4 e-tron is compatible with a wide variety of wallboxes and public chargers, including 125kW fast chargers, which can provide a 0-80% top-up in about 30 minutes. If you can find one.
New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback price and release date
Audi hasn’t confirmed how much the new Q4 e-tron Sportback will cost or when it’ll go on sale. But, it’s likely to be available sometime in 2021, a little while after the regular Q4 e-tron comes out. Prices are likely to be in the £50,000 to £60,000 range – the same ballpark as the 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.
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