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First pictures: Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept

The concept version of what will become Audi’s seventh product full electric vehicle has been unveiled, with the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron due to arrive in the UK during the second half of 2021.

A concept for the Q4 e-tron was shown at the Geneva motor show in March 2019, and the more coupe-styled Sportback version has now been added in concept form, though Audi has an extensive history of its concept cars morphing into production models with minimal changes.

Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept 2020The brand is quoting a range of up to 310 miles when a rear-drive Q4 e-tron Sportback is added, with the launch car’s 82kWh battery good for an official 279 miles. The 225kW electric motor has a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds, according to Audi, and is restricted to 111mph.

This model will join 50 and 55 power levels of the e-tron, the e-tron sportback, S-branded performance electric versions of the two body shapes and the smaller Q4 e-tron itself as number seven among Audi’s full electric models by the end of 2021. The brand will also have seven plug-in hybrid models by the end of this year, with the A3 and A6 Avant joining the Q5 and the recently launched batch of A6, A7, A8 and Q7 PHEVs.

The Sportback is fractionally lower and longer than its Q4 e-tron sibling, but the German premium brand claimed that the model will be one of the largest SUVs in its segment. At 4.6 metres in length, it is around 30cm shorter than its e-tron big brother.

On the inside, a 12.3-inch touchscreen angled towards the driver controls most of the functions alongside a strip of climate control buttons, and frequently used functions can be selected as touch elements on the steering wheel.

“With the Q4 e-tron concepts we are outlining our plans to cascade e-tron technology into the compact SUV class, and I think these studies clearly show that we will be downsizing without in any way downgrading,” says Director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. “Like the two e-trons that paved the way for them, both versions are hugely attractive interpretations of the SUV and Sportback brief underpinned by the very latest electrification technology delivered with characteristic Audi quality and ingenuity. I have no doubt that they will encourage wider acceptance of the benefits of electric driving.”

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