Scheduled to be globally launched next year, the Audi Q4 EV will be underpinned by the all-electric MEB platform.
The Audi Q4 E-Tron EV all-electric SUV has been unveiled at the Gevena Motor Show which is currently taking place in Switzerland. The fifth Audi’s EV is slated for international launch by 2020, one year after the first mass-produced Audi’s EV, the Etron SUV. The Q4 Etron appears to borrow some design cues and some of its engine system from its elder sibling. The former belongs to Audi’s plan to offer 12 EVs by 2025.
The Audi Q4 E-tron has been unveiled at the Gevena Motor Show
The Q4 E-tron EV is described by Audi as a premium SUV in terms of its dimensions and market position. The model measures 4.59 metres in length, 1.9 metres in width, which makes it a little bit shorter but wider than the existing Audi Q5. It takes some of its exterior features from the E-tron such as the lighting profiles and the single-frame grille, but with a sportier and smaller style. The unique “Solar Sky” body paint, which is on the concept model has been developed for the purpose of showcasing a short-wave sunlight fraction to considerably diminish the heat accumulated inside the cabin and on the body. This greatly cuts down on the power required to cool the cabin, enhancing the performance of the SUV.
The Q4 E-tron borrows some exterior styling cues from its elder sibling, the E-tron SUV
Underpinned by the VW Group’s all-electric MEB platform instead of the MQ platform of the E-tron EV. The new platform will help reduce the complexity and the cost in the manufacturing process of the SUV.
With a 2.77m wheelbase and the absence of a transmission tunnel, the Q4 E-tron EV will come with a more amber cabin as compared to what its dimensions suggest. Right in this concept, Audi has equipped the SUV with a dual-screen system and touch-operated switchgear which has been minimalized as much as possible. These features which can be easily transformed into production indicate that the production model will resemble this concept one a lot.
The cabin of the Audi Q4 E-tron SUV is larger than what the dimensions might suggest
The Audi Q4 Etron is powered by a synchronous electric motor which sends a power/torque output of 205 hp/310 Nm to the rear wheels. Another smaller motor also provides power for the front wheels. The two electric units together produce a total power of 306 hp, approximately 100 hp less than the E-tron. There is an 82kWh battery integrated under the floor. It can be charged to 125kWh at a maximum and to 80% in just 30 minutes with a total range of 450km on the WLTP cycle.