New Audi Q4 e-tron details drop: AR head-up display, 11,6-inch screen

Audi has released fresh information about its upcoming Q4 e-tron, the next model to feature in the German firm’s broad electrification strategy.

While the company has yet to confirm exact details of the electric powertrain, it has revealed the Q4 e-tron will be offered with fresh options such as an augmented reality head-up display and the largest display yet seen in an Audi.

Set to follow the e-trone-tron Sportback and e-tron GT, Audi says the all-electric Q4 e-tron compact crossover boasts a spaciousness that “far exceeds the current class boundaries”.

Measuring 4 590 mm long, 1 865 mm wide and 1 613 mm tall, the Q4 e-tron rides on the VW Group’s MEB platform, boasting a wheelbase of 2 760 mm. The Ingolstadt-based firm says the newcomer’s cabin features a “generous amount of storage compartments”, which add up to a volume of 24,8 litres. The luggage compartment, meanwhile, swallows a claimed 520 litres, a figure that swells to 1 490 litres with the split-folding rear bench dropped flat.

Interestingly, the Q4 e-tron will be offered with an optional augmented reality head-up display. Information provided by some of the driver assistance systems and the turning arrows of the navigation system (as well as its starting points and destinations) are visually superimposed in the corresponding place on the “real-life outside world” and displayed dynamically.

The standard digital instrument cluster has a 10,25-inch diagonal, while the larger Audi virtual cockpit is the first option level, with the Audi virtual cockpit plus sitting at the top of the tree. The MMI touch display (with acoustic feedback) features a 10,1-inch diagonal as standard, though an optional larger version measures in at 11,6 inches, boasting a resolution of 1 764 x 824 pixels. It’s the largest display in the Audi portfolio to date.

The German automaker has also revealed the Q4 e-tron’s new double-spoke steering wheel design, complete with backlit touch surfaces. Audi says “slight protrusions” separate these controls from each other, with the buttons providing “soft” haptic feedback when pressed (they also respond to swiping inputs).

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