Audi has just revealed a “Sportback” model of its upcoming Q4 E-Tron. The Sportback is as its name suggests a sportier version of the larger SUV but may come as a more affordable option starting at around $45,000.
The images released earlier this week from Audi reveal the sportier version of the SUV it unveiled last year the Audi Q4 E-Tron. The Q4 E-Tron is Audi’s electric SUV offering that now apparently comes in two shapes and sizes. This smaller sportier version will be a cheaper option and be starting at around $45,000.
The Q4 Sportback is for all intents and purposes the same car as the Q4. They both run on the Volkswagen MEB electric platform. The MEB platform is going to be used across a wide variety of cars released from Audi and Volkswagen in the coming years. We’re already starting to see the benefits of developing a singular platform that can work for a variety of cars. It allows for cheaper manufacturing, maintenance, and increased reliability. The platform is also modular which means that there can still be some customization among models.
The Sportback will make 225kw of power or 300hp. The range is roughly 279 miles on a full charge from an 82kwh battery. That’s pretty good, still not quite as good as the Tesla Model X which makes up to 351 miles on a full charge. The cheaper price does make a difference as well.
The Sportback styling is more aggressive and theoretically has improved aerodynamics than the Q4. There are a few trade offs however, less headroom, and potentially less room in the back. The sporty style for SUVs and crossovers has been popular in recent years and there seems to continue to be a market for these sporty SUVs.
Here’s a video of the Q4 Sportback reveal from Audi.
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The Audi Q4 E-Tron
The Q4 is anticipated to go into production later this year, unless things become pushed back due to the pandemic. The car will make 300hp and apparently have a zero to 60 time of 6.3 seconds. Which is quick, but not that quick.
The battery is 82kwh and they’re shooting for it to have a range of 279 miles on a full charge. They haven’t released an empty to full charge time, but to get to 80% it takes roughly 30 minutes.
The interior of the Q4 features all of the latest and greatest from the suite of Audi infotainment and comfort.
The MEB Platform
In 2019 Volkswagen announced the MEB platform that would soon become standard for all Volkswagen group brands. In their announcement they announced their goal of “by 2022, the four Group brands Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA plan to be producing 27 MEB models – and offer a wide selection in the process” from their website.
So far they’ve made pretty good on their promise, for Audi the Q4 E-Tron is the first of many using the platform. For Audi the plans are to release 12 purely electric EVs by 2025.
Volkswagen has the largest lineup of MEB based cars announced so far. The Volkswagen ID.3 is a small hatchback that seems heavily influenced by the Golf. Next the I.D. Crozz which is expected to go into production this year. The I.D. Crozz is a crossover. The long anticipated I.D. Buzz is the revival of the classic Volkswagen bus in electric form expected in 2022. The I.D. Vizzion is a sleeker sedan that is expected in 2022. Then there is the I.D. Buggy concept, I.D. Roomzz, and the ID. Space Vizzion concept.
The el-born is the first model from Spanish car maker SEAT. It is the second car from Volkswagen group to go into production on the MEB platform.
Skoda is also setting similar goals but their platforms will not be MEB. First the SUPERB PHEV and the E-CITIGO were announced last year as the first move towards electric. Next they announced the VISION iV which is the first car to be produced on the MEB platform
It seems like a pretty good priced Audi if you’re in the market for a sporty SUV that’s electric. There are more and more options appearing pretty rapidly so it may be worth waiting for something that jumps off the page a bit more. It still stands that the Model X is the best option for this class of car.