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News Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback Concept Further Expands Audi's EV Lineup

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback Concept Further Expands Audi’s EV Lineup

Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback is a sleeker, small electric luxury SUV

  • New Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback is the fourth Audi electric SUV

  • Expected to arrive in summer 2021

  • 280 miles of range on the WLTP standard (450 kilometres of range)


The Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback Concept unveiled today previews a fourth electric luxury sport utility vehicle from Audi after the Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback, and Q4 unveiled at the last Geneva Motor Show.

Built on VW’s MEB platform, the Q4 e-tron Sportback concept is expected to arrive next summer 2021. Although the model revealed today is technically a concept, Audi says the production version will be very close in terms of styling. If it weren’t for Audi calling it a prototype, we’d think it was a production model already.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept | Photo: Audi

For those who are unfamiliar with Audi nomenclature, Sportback refers to models with a sleeker roof and a more coupe-like design than the model they are based on, but that keep their four doors. A sportier design is given in return for a little bit less cargo space. In the case of the Q4 e-tron Sportback, however, Audi says it is just 0.4 inches longer than the regular Q4 and slightly lower. Four adults should be able to fit comfortably according to Audi.

The interior does have a bit more of a concept feel, but it’s not crazy or over-the-top at all. A centre 12.3-inch touchscreen will handle infotainment duties, but unlike other recent electric vehicles like the Tesla Model Y and Porsche Taycan, Audi has kept some physical buttons on the centre console.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept | Photo: Audi

302 Horsepower for the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback

Powering the Q4 e-tron Sportback is a dual-motor setup with a permanent-magnet motor in the back and a second electric motor up front to provide all-wheel traction.

The powertrain produces 302 horsepower and is powered by a 82-kWh battery pack that provides 280 miles of range on the WLTP standard, or 450 kilometres of range. Expect closer to 200 miles or 360 kilometres when the Q4 e-tron Sportback is tested here in North America. Interestingly, Audi says a heat-pump will be added to preserve range when the weather dips outside.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept | Photo: Audi

Again, the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback specs and design feel more like a production model than a traditional concept. The range makes sense, the power output is realistic and the design can be converted to production fairly easily. Even those 22-inch wheels could make it to production.

Audi hopes electrified vehicles will make up 40 percent of its sales by 2025. Expect more e-tron models to come.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept | Photo: Audi

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept | Photo: Audi

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept
Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept | Photo: Audi

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