New 2021 Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback spotted: price, specs and release date

Graham King
November 25, 2020

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.

These photos are your first look at the new Q4 e-torn 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.

Most of the design features on the front of the new Q4 e-tron (above) have been carried over for the new Sportback model (below).

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.

The roof on the standard Q4 e-tron (above) has been made lower and more coupe-like for the Sportback model (below).

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.

Underneath its camouflage, the prototype will look very similar to the concept.

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.

Unlike some of today’s Audi SUVs, the Q4 e-tron Sportback comes with two instead of three massive displays.

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.

The Q4 e-tron Sportback will feature Audi’s latest infotainment system.

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.

The new Q4 e-tron Sportback will come with the option of rear- or four-wheel drive, and with up to 306hp. 

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.

Audi claims the new Q4 e-tron Sportback can manage up to 310 miles between charges – in rear-wheel-drive guise, at least. 

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.

The new Q4 e-tron Sportback will go on sale in 2021 and is set to cost from around £50,000. 

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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