Audi has revealed its biggest product news of 2021 with the unveiling of the new Q4 e-tron, its most mainstream full electric model to date.
The new model, a little brother to the e-tron SUV launched in 2019, will come in SUV and Sportback form, with the former available to order now for first deliveries in June, and the Sportback on sale in June ahead of September arrival.
As well as the two bodystyles, the Q4 e-tron will come with three different powertrain options. The entry 35-branded model has, on the SUV model, a range of 208 miles from its 52kWh battery that offers 170hp, with the middle one for power offering the longest range with the 40’s 316-mile official figure from its 77kWh battery and 204hp powertrain. Above it is a 50-branded twin-motor quattro four-wheel drive 299hp model that has an official range of 295 miles.
Each comes in Sport, S Line, Edition 1 and top Vorsprung trim levels, range from the 35 Sport’s £40,750 to the 50 quattro Vorsprung’s £65,070. The smaller battery can take power at up to 100kW and the larger at 125kW, which Audi said allows for 80 miles of range to be added to the larger battery in 10 minutes.
None of the Q4 models get below the £35,000 threshold for the Government’s revised plug-in car grant.
The German brand said that its new models introduce the next step in its electric car design language, and boot space isn’t impacted by the battery packaging, sitting at 535 litres for the Sportback and 520 liters for the SUV, depending on the position of the rear seat backs.
New technology includes an augmented reality head-up display, a new steering wheel with touch button operation, a Sonos audio system, and, to follow post-launch, an 11.6-inch MMI touchscreen.
“The compact SUV has long been the go-to model type for many drivers, so I’m delighted that we are now shoring up our already strong position in this vital segment with two new additions that are not only paragons of good design and space-efficient packaging, but also standard bearers for the wider integration of fully electrified drivetrains across our range,” said Audi UK director Andrew Doyle. “Combining attractive price points, impressive charging performance and the potential to travel in tranquil comfort for well over 300 emission-free miles between stops, the Q4 e-tron models make the case for switching to sustainable premium mobility more clear-cut than ever.”