Audi readies production line for Q4 e-tron concept

By JAY WONG | 8 July 2020

INGOLSTADT: Audi's Q4 Sportback e-tron concept will be the seventh fully-electrified vehicle to go into series production as the German automaker gears up for its formal introduction.

To be offered as a Sports Utility Vehicle or a Sportback variant (seen here), the concept will be the first of Audi's models to be built on Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification platform (MEB).

The two vehicles almost measure in identically - sharing the same 2,770mm wheelbase and 1,900mm width and although the SUV is 4,600mm-long and 1,600mm-tall, the Sportback variant is longer and lower at 10mm each.

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It uses a 125kW battery that can be charged up to 80% in 30 minutes via a rapid charger and weighs 510kg while spanning the length of the vehicle's floor.

For performance, both e-trons are identical having been equipped with two electric motors for a combined system output of 225kW that's handled by the quattro all-wheel-drive system.

This allows them to travel up to 452km (502km with a rear-wheel-drive system) as well as the ability to sprint from 0 to 100kph in 6.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 180kph - all while rolling on 22-inch wheels.

The Q4 Sportback e-tron concept will be coated in a new kinetic grey colour that basically has combination of a light metallic and pearl effect colour as well as hints of green when viewed from certain angles before getting its lower body sections finished in dark grey.

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Inside, the German automaker claims that the cabin offers unrestricted front and rear legroom and occupants will be surrounded by light warm colours of white and beige microfibre textiles for the headliner, window pillars and the upper section of the door rail and dash panel. The lower section will be contrasted with dark carpet for the floor area that's made of recycled materials.

Instead of chrome-plated metal decor frames, the surfaces have been covered with a multi-layer paint finish and the seats will be upholstered with Alcantara that's been tied together by double seam stitches.

As usual, there will be the Audi virtual cockpit - a fully digital instrument cluster, which will provide the driver with data that includes speed, charge level and navigation information while a large-format heads-up display (HUD) with an augmented reality function will be a is a new feature.

The company said that its HUD system is able to superimpose important graphic information, such as directional arrows for turning, directly onto the road.

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Above the centre console will be a 12.3-inch touchscreen tilted towards the driver for a driver-centric feel and provides access to the infotainment and vehicle functions and a strip of buttons below it provides access to the climate controls.

Since there won't be gear knob or handbrake lever/button, the cavity has been re-purposed as a storage compartment that includes a mobile phone charging cradle.

And to round off the goodies, the brand with the four rings will be equipping the e-tron SUV and Sportback variants with front MacPherson struts and a rear multi-link suspension with adaptive damping.