Audi has officially unveiled their brand-new compact electrical SUV, termed Audi Q4 e-tron. This all-electric model particularizes the brand’s entry into premium e-mobility in the compact segment. For Audi, the Q4 e-Tron is its first eminent chance to take hold of the compact crossover SUV market thus far subjugated by Tesla.
As the name proposes, the Q4 fits in between the brand’s Q3 and Q5 crossovers. Based on its exterior dimensions, it’s barely smaller than the Q5. The Audi Q4 e-tron boasts a bold, upright fascia that not only turns heads but also optimizes performance with improved aerodynamics. The predominant benefit of this sporty EUV is its more voluminous interior, particularly for those in the back.
As revealed, the Q4 looks much like it did on the outside when shown as a concept. The eight-corner Singleframe grille has inverted colors from Audi’s gasoline models to identify it as an EV, and steep front pillars transition smoothly up into the roofline.
The semi-conventional design of the Audi Q4 e-tron gives the future of electric mobility a captivating characteristic shape. With a focusing front and powerful rear, the EUV achieves an exciting effect, while the silhouette, which grades graciously and stoutly towards the rear, has a mind-blowing effect. Audi has used recycled materials for the manufacturing of certain components since this is a car with a heart for the environment.
As a result of its battery positioning, which lies between the axles, a low center of gravity is ensured. Also, with acute powertrain and suspension control systems, and multiple refined driver assistance systems, the Audi Q4 e-tron certifies a safe, sporty and easeful driving experience.
Engine And Performance Of Audi Q4 E-tron
The automobile industry tycoon asserts the reportage that the Audi Q4 e-tron will be available with three electric motors, with a maximum output of up to 220 kW (299 hp) and a range of up to 520 kilometers, according to WLTP test (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure). You can charge it enough in just 10 minutes to cover about 130 kilometers, which is an outstanding feature when compared with contemporary sporty SUVs.This can sprint from 0-100 kilometers per hour in less than 6.3 seconds. In addition to that, a spacious cockpit rivaling that of any full-size SUV, a trunk that can be maximized up to 1,490 liters, and no less than 25 liters of ergonomic storage. So basically, you have a car for everything and everyone.
The electric all-wheel drive lays out its vigor incontestably at low coefficients of friction, such as on very wet or snow-covered roads or on a loose surface. Some preeminent advantages for the Q4 e-tron is its prominent stability, highly secure grip, and sporty handling. The wheel-selective torque control, a software function, finishes off the work of electric all-wheel drive with fabulously metered brake interventions at the wheels under a reduced load.
The Q4 e-tron model has an asynchronous motor (ASM) on the front axle that can rev up to 14,000 rpm. This setup is nestled with coolant and oil for a combined cooling effect and is installed coaxially. Prominent high grounds of ASM include its minimal drag losses and short-term overload capacity during inactive circumstances. These features are very significant because for amiable efficiency of the automobile the front motor does not kick into the drive-in most of the driving scenarios. Its one-speed transmission has a ratio of 10.0:1, and the whole unit comes in at around 60 kilograms.
Interior And Battery Specifications Of Audi Q4 E-tron
The refined interior design of the EUV is highlighted by technological creations, operational quality, and sportiness. A great example will be the HUD (Heads Up Display) system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and MMI Navigation that uses Augmented Reality for the exposition of driver information onto the road. Another ingenious feature includes the Audi Virtual Cockpit. The main objective of these interior highlights is to provide the driver with all the information required, without having to go through a series of technological labyrinths that distract you from the main objective – driving! The flamboyant SONOS premium sound system gives Q4 e-tron an aristocratic touch to the interiors making it the kind of place that you never want to leave behind. The new-fangled dash has a smart, tidied look to it.A separate horizontal operating panel houses the shifter for selecting the gears. Also totally new is the steering wheel with its seamless touch surfaces, which the driver uses to control the digital instrument cluster.
There are a number of battery options – the Q4 ’35’ e-tron with a 52kWh battery that delivers 340km of range in the SUV with a 170hp electric motor. You can also get a beefier Q4 ’40’ e-tron with a 77kWh battery and a 204hp electric motor. At the top end is the Q4 ’50’ e-tron with dual motors and four-wheel drive. This version comes with the same 77kWh battery as the Q4 ’40’ e-tron.
Manufacturing And Production Of Audi Q4 E-tron
The Q4 family will be made at Zwickau, Germany, and is planned to start manufacturing by the mid-2022s. Speaking of prices, the Audi Q4 e-tron can be yours within a range of $40,000 – $50,000 excluding VAT. These are relatively competing prices compared to the other premium brands. By offering three battery sizes and power outputs, Audi can cover a wider section of the market than its competitors, which mainly aim at the top of the pyramid.