The Audi Q4 e-tron concept has been revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show, previewing a new all-electric compact four-door SUV scheduled to go into production “by the end of 2020”.
It’s not yet clear when the German brand plans to reveal the conventional (non-electric) Q4, which would logically slot in neatly between the new Q3 and the Q5.
This latest concept boasts two electric motors for a total system output of 225 kW. The unit sited at the rear has outputs of 150 kW and 310 N.m, while the front electric motor adds up to 75 kW and 150 N.m. The 82 kWh battery (which itself tips the scales at 510 kg) occupies much of the space in the underbody area between the axles and offers a range of “over 450 km”.
With drive sent to all four corners (quattro all-wheel drive is standard, of course), the Ingolstadt-based firm claims its show car will hit 100 km/h from standstill in 6,3 seconds, before topping out at an electronically limited 180 km/h.
Measuring 4,59 metres long, 1,90 metres wide and 1,61 metres tall (with a wheelbase of 2,77 metres), Audi says its Q4 e-tron concept “offers unsuspected spaciousness and comfort, especially in terms of legroom both at the front and in the rear”. It rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.
Interestingly, Audi says the Q4 e-tron concept’s floor covering is made of recycled materials, while the four seats (with integrated head restraints) are trimmed in Alcantara.
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