Audi has unveiled concept renderings of a new “Sportback” version of the Q4 E-Tron electric powered SUV that it debuted final year. Intended to provide as a lesser and more very affordable solution to the flagship E-Tron, the Q4s are predicted to go on sale in 2021 and will get started at all-around $45,000.
The Q4 and the Q4 Sportback are “identical twins” from a technological point of view, in accordance to Audi. As these types of, the Sportback edition will also be powered by guardian firm Volkswagen’s modular “MEB” system (an abbreviation of the German phrase for “modular electrical generate matrix”) that is likely to electric power a wide vary of vehicles across multiple brands. This sets the Q4s aside from the original E-Tron and its variants, which are powered by an Audi-made electrical drivetrain.
Spec-clever, this implies the Q4 Sportback will use a twin-motor set up that can make a overall 225kW of energy (about 300 horsepower), with individuals motors pulling energy from an 82kWh battery that lasts about 450 kilometers (approximately 279 miles) on a comprehensive charge.
The distinction actually arrives in the exterior styling of the Q4 Sportback. Its roofline flows from front to back again in a additional uninterrupted manner. There’s an aggressive rear spoiler and a extra evident racecar-encouraged diffuser beneath the hatch door. This will all make the Sportback a bit a lot more aerodynamically successful, nevertheless trade-offs will appear in the kind of lost headroom for rear seat travellers and marginally considerably less cargo house overall.
Audi has now demonstrated off 7 electrical vehicles that will be launched by the finish of up coming yr. And that is just a person small section of the whole volley of EVs coming from the overall Volkswagen Team, which is not even 5 a long time removed from when news of the Dieselgate scandal broke. A car or truck like the Q4 Sportback illustrates just how finish Volkswagen’s force into the electrical area will be. In most means, it is barely any various from the Q4 concept that Audi 1st teased past year, and that will probable nevertheless be correct when equally cars come to current market. Volkswagen not only intends to flood the sector with its MEB-run EVs, but the enterprise (and its manufacturers) will also consider to market prospects on smaller versions of all those electrical automobiles.