• 2020 Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Concept

It is essentially the standard Q4 e-tron but in a much sexier Sportback avatar

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Audi is arguably the most active brand today when it comes to EVs. The company had announced a bold claim that it will launch 20 new EVs by 2025, and surprisingly, it seems to be on track.

The German automaker has added yet another vehicle to its EV portfolio, the Q4 Sportback e-tron, which happens to be its seventh fully electric vehicle. The company revealed the concept version for now and the real deal is expected to go on sale sometime in 2021.

Is The Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Just Another Coupe-SUV?

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The Q4 Sportback e-tron looks pretty much like its SUV counterpart, except for, of course, the sloping roofline at the rear. It maintains a rounded shape in general, but the sharp vertical fins on the extreme ends add a little character to it. The production version of the Q4 e-tron SUV won’t feature a three-dimensional logo since it houses an array of sensors, but the same hasn’t been revealed about its coupe counterpart.

The Sportback concept revealed is painted in the new kinetic grey color, which looks green-ish when viewed from certain angles. This metallic shade will look unique on production models and will be a much sought-after shade if Audi decided to incorporate it.

The side profile showcases the sloping roofline and this is what differentiates the Sportback from its SUV twin. It dips quite sharply, swallowing the rear windshield, and infuses itself into the rear spoiler. Although it looks quite cool, it needs to be seen if it’ll hamper the rearward visibility and eat into the headroom of the rear passengers.

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This coupe concept rides on 22-inch wheels, but there is a slim chance of it being offered on the production-version as well. However, you can expect 19-, 20-, and 21-inch wheels to be offered on the trims.

Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Concept exterior dimensions
Length 4,600 mm
Width 1,900 mm
Height 1,600 mm
Wheelbase 2,770 mm

Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Interior and Technology

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The cabin looks spacious, which generally is the case with any EV. However, Audi claims it is one of the most spacious cabins in its class. The 2,770 mm wheelbase and a lack of transmission tunnel say it all. The cabin is also said to be made fully sustainable materials. Instead of making use of paint and leather, Audi has opted for chrome plating, plexiglas, and recycled material. The seats are wrapped in Alcantara.

The automaker has carried over its virtual cockpit here, too. The center console is slapped with a 12.3-inch touchscreen system, which honestly, is small according to EV standards. Also, it’s not placed vertically like a tablet.

The Q4 e-tron SUV is going to feature two screens on the center console – one for infotainment needs and one for climate control and frequently used features.

The bottom one would also serve as a tablet so you can ‘write’ instead of using the keyboard.

What Will Power The Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron?

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Just like the Q4 e-tron SUV, the Sportback, too, is pinned on Volkswagen’s MEB architecture. Other EVs from the Volkswagen Group are using this, like the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq.

The SUV will feature a dual-motor setup; one on each axle. It will have a rear-wheel-drive bias, thanks to the motor on the rear axle producing 204 ponies and 229 pound-feet of torque. The motor at the front will make 102 horses and 111 pound-feet of twist.

This results in a combined output of 306 horses and 340 pound-feet of torque.

Audi says the Q4 Sportback will take 6.3 seconds to hit the 62 mph mark from a standstill and the top speed will be limited to 112 mph. This is the same as the standard Q4 e-tron and not very impressive when compared to its closest rival, the Tesla Model Y. The latter takes just 4.8 seconds to hit the 60 mph even its slowest form.

Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Concept drivetrain specifications
Powertrain Front and rear electric motors
Front motor power 102 HP
Front motor torque 111 LB-FT
Rear motor power 204 HP
Rear motor torque 229 LB-FT
Combined output 306 HP
Combined torque 340 LB-FT
0 to 62 mph 6.3 seconds
Top Speed 112 mph

What Range Can We Expect From The Q4 Sportback e-tron?

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The Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron will come with an 82-kWh battery pack. The range is rated at 280 miles according to the WLTP cycle. The EPA rating is usually lower than WLTP ratings, so we’ll have to wait for that to be officially announced.

Even if it were to receive a rating of 250 miles, it isn’t too bad. Lately, the real-world range is on par with the EPA rating, so we don’t expect it to be too bad. Remember the Taycan’s EPA rating versus the real-world range? Plus, the Q4 Sportback e-tron is not heavy on performance, so a drastic dip in the range is unlikely.

Anyway, Audi also said that it will support charging at up to 125 kW. 80-percent of the battery can be recuperated in 30 minutes. The battery pack is expected to weigh around 1,100 pounds, which is much lighter than the rivals.

When Does the Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron Go on Sale and How Much Does It Cost?

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The Q4 Sportback e-tron will debut sometime in 2021. Audi has not announced the pricing for the Q4 Sportback e-tron yet. However, we do know that its SUV peer will start at $45,000.

For the time being, Audi EVs are also eligible for federal tax credits, unlike Teslas.

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The Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept
 Audi presents Coupé variant of Q4 e-tron as a concept car
 Versatile efficiency technologies enable ranges over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi)
 Production version to be launched in 2021 as the Audi brand’s seventh electric
Ingolstadt, July 7, 2020 – From a technical perspective, they are identical twins, but in terms
of their shape, they each have their own unmistakable and characteristic features: The Audi
Q4 e-tron concept gave visitors to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a taste of the first compact
electric SUV from Audi. With the Q4 Sportback e-tron, the brand is now presenting the second
model of the product line that will go into production in 2021 as an SUV Coupé.
This gives potential Q4 customers the opportunity to start thinking about which version they
prefer roughly a year before the first vehicles will be delivered: the versatility and robustness of
the classic SUV or the dynamic elegance of the Coupé variant. The dimensions of the two Q4
models are almost identical: With an exterior length of 4.60 meters (15.1 ft) and a height of
1.60 m (5.2 ft), the Sportback is one centimeter (0.4 in) longer and flatter. The Q4 variants are
identical in terms of their width of 1.90 m (6.2 ft) and their wheelbase of 2.77 meters (9.1 ft).
The two concept cars, which are already offering a clear look ahead at the top-of-the-range
engine line-up of the coming series production model, also have the same drive technology. Two
electric motors mobilize 225 kW of system output in the Q4 and Q4 Sportback e-tron concept.
As is typical for Audi, the driving power is brought to the road with quattro all-wheel drive.
Thanks to excellent traction, both versions of the Q4 accelerate from zero to 100 km/h
(62.1 mph) in just 6.3 seconds. Top speed is restricted to 180 km/h (111.8 mph).
A large battery with a capacity of 82 kilowatt hours takes up almost the entire space in the
underbody area between the axles. The range of over 450 kilometers (279.6 mi) – in line with
the WLTP standard – sets the benchmark in its class. Versions with rear-wheel drive will offer a
range of over 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) in accordance with WLTP. The technology of the Q4 etron concept is provided by the modular electrification platform (MEB), which will be integrated
in numerous electric vehicles produced by the Volkswagen Group in the future, from the
compact class to the superior medium-size class. The Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept offers
an advance look at what will already be the seventh series production electric vehicle that the
manufacturer will introduce by 2021.
*The collective consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found
in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
Sexy back: the exterior
The silhouette of the Sportback slopes downward to the back in a subtle and dynamic curve. The
roof line transitions into the significantly inclined D-pillars and ends in a horizontal spoiler at the
level of the lower window edge. As a result, the future Audi Q4 Sportback appears much longer
than its sister model, the Q4 e-tron concept.
The striking broad light band that connects the two lamp units on the rear end of the Audi Q4
Sportback e-tron concept was incorporated to reflect an element of the Audi Q4 e-tron concept.
It is clearly visible even here that these two models belong to the same e-tron family, as the
close relation to the e-tron Sportback* is obvious. This also applies to the inside of the lights,
where the significant sweep of the LED segments is also reminiscent of an element of the older
brother. The striking design of the bumper diffuser unit with its horizontal slats and the
illuminated e-tron logo in the middle is an element that the two Q4 versions share.
When looking at it from the front, the Singleframe with the four rings brand logo identifies the
Q4 Sportback e-tron concept as an Audi vehicle. And it will take no more than two glances to see
that this is an electric Audi: Like the first production Audi with electric drive, the new concept
vehicle also features a structured closed surface within a broad, almost upright octagonal frame
in place of a traditional radiator grille.
The prominently modeled fenders of all four wheels are a further classic Audi design feature that
has distinguished the brand since the legendary original quattro 1980. The widened features of
the Q4 e-tron concept and Q4 Sportback concept are designed to be highly organic and flowing,
and they add a characteristic touch to the side view. The accentuation of the rocker panel area
between the axles, where the battery and thus the powerhouse of this SUV is located, is a typical
feature of the e-tron. Large 22-inch wheels leave no doubt as to the potential of the newest
member of the Audi family.
The Q4 Sportback e-tron concept is painted in the new kinetic grey color, a light metallic and
pearl effect color that takes on a distinct greenish tinge depending on the angle of the light. In
contrast, the lower sections of the body are painted in a dark grey color. This segmentation
emphasizes the width and horizontal orientation of the vehicle’s architecture.
Sense of spaciousness – the interior
With its dimensions, the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept also takes its position in the upper
third of the compact class. Its road space requirements qualify the electric SUV as an agile allrounder. In terms of the interior, by contrast, its wheelbase of 2.77 meters (9.1 ft) puts it at
least one class higher. As there is no transmission tunnel restricting the space, the Q4 Sportback
e-tron concept offers unsuspected spaciousness and comfort, especially in terms of legroom at
the front and even more in the rear.
*The collective consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found
in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
The color scheme emphasizes the sense of spaciousness. While light, warm colors dominate the
upper section of the cabin, the dark carpet in the floor section provides a contrast. The
headlining, the window pillars and the upper section of the door rail and dash panel are fitted
with white and beige microfiber textiles. Sustainability is the top priority not only in terms of the
electric drive in the Audi Q4 and Q4 Sportback:
The floor covering is made of recycled materials. Instead of chrome-plated metal decor frames,
the surfaces are covered with a high-quality multi-layer paint finish. The painted frosted
Plexiglas on the applications creates an intensive depth effect. Four seats with integrated head
restraints are upholstered with comfortable Alcantara material manufactured with exquisite
workmanship. Double seams stitched with thick yarn adorn the upholstery.
The display of the Audi virtual cockpit with the most important display elements for speed,
charge level, and navigation is located behind the steering wheel. The large-format head-up
display with an augmented reality function is a new feature. It can display important graphical
information, such as directional arrows for turning, directly on the course of the road.
Control panels designed as touch elements on the steering wheel spokes can be used to select
frequently used functions. In the middle above the center console, there is a 12.3-inch
touchscreen via which the infotainment and vehicle functions are displayed and operated.
It is tilted toward the driver for greater ease of operation. A strip of buttons for controlling the
air conditioning is located below it.
As the center console does not need to hold functional elements such as a gear lever or hand
brake actuation elements, it is designed as a spacious stowage compartment that includes a cell
phone charging cradle. There is a horizontal area in high-quality design into which the selector
button for the transmission mode is integrated and that also serves as a cover for the front
section of the console. In addition to the conventional lower storage compartment, the doors
now provide the possibility to store bottles in the specially molded upper section, where they are
easy to reach.
Efficient performer: drive system and suspension
The modular electrification platform (MEB) offers a broad range of drive variants and power
levels. The performance version of the electric drive is installed in the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron
concept. The front and rear axles are each powered by an electric motor – this Q4 Sportback is a
quattro. There is no mechanical connection between the axles. Instead, an electronic control
ensures that the torque distribution is coordinated optimally, and it does so in fractions of a
second. That enables the SUV Coupé to achieve optimum traction in all weather conditions and
on any type of surface.
In most cases, the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept mainly uses its rear electric motor, a
permanently excited synchronous motor, in order to achieve the highest efficiency. For reasons
of efficiency, the drive torque is generally distributed with a rear-axle bias.
*The collective consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found
in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
If the driver demands more power than the rear electric motor can supply, the electric all-wheel
drive uses the front asynchronous motor to redistribute the torque as required to the front axle.
This also happens predictively even before slip occurs in icy conditions or when cornering fast, or
if the car understeers or oversteers.
The electric motor in the rear end has an output of 150 kW and mobilizes a torque of
310 newton meters (228.6 lb-ft); the front motor supplies the front wheels with up to 75 kW
and 150 newton meters (110.6 lb-ft). The system output is 225 kW. The battery in the vehicle
floor stores 82 kilowatt hours, which allows for a range of more than 450 kilometers (279.6 mi)
according to the WLTP standard. The battery is charged with a maximum of 125 kilowatts. It
therefore takes little more than 30 minutes to reach 80 percent of the total capacity.
However, the recipe for this excellent range involves far more than just an energy storage unit
with a large capacity. Just like the first member of the family, the Audi Q4 e-tron concept, the
Audi Q4 Sportback also presents itself as an efficiency virtuoso, starting with the low
aerodynamic drag of the body, whose drag coefficient is 0.26 and therefore 0.01 below that of
the Q4 e-tron SUV. The compact electric product line also features a sophisticated recuperation
strategy, leaving out no possibility for optimizing its range. The complex thermal management
of the drive and battery, which involves a CO2 heat pump, also contributes to this.
Sporty, precise handling
A key factor for the sporty character and outstanding transverse dynamics is the low and central
position at which the drive components are installed. The high-voltage battery system is
optimally matched to the dimensions of the Audi Q4 Sportback and is located between the axles
in the form of a flat, broad block beneath the passenger compartment. The battery system
weighs 510 kilograms (1,124.4 lb). The center of gravity of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron
concept is therefore at a similar level to that of a sedan with a conventional drive system.
Axle load distribution is perfectly balanced at almost 50:50. The front wheels of the Q4
Sportback e-tron concept are guided on a MacPherson axle with adaptive dampers. In the rear,
there is a multi-link axle with separate springs and adaptive dampers.
The modular electrification platform MEB: the base
MLB, MQB – modular longitudinal platform and modular lateral platform: These component
systems for vehicle development represent a great success story in all segments of Audi and the
Volkswagen Group. Previous platforms were designed primarily for the use of combustion
engines. What is new and different about the modular electrification platform: It was designed
specifically and exclusively for automobiles with electric drive systems. Axles, drives, wheelbases
and the interaction between all components are selected and adapted specifically for e-mobility.
*The collective consumption values of all models named and available on the German market can be found
in the list provided at the end of this MediaInfo.
The placement of the large-volume battery units and their geometry can therefore be optimized
without having to make concessions to other drive concepts that must always be taken into
account in the MLB and MQB.
At the same time, the MEB opens up a huge synergy potential. This platform serves as the basis
primarily for electric cars in the high-volume A segment. It allows the best technology available
to be developed jointly across brands and used in many different electric cars. The MEB thus also
helps electric mobility to break through even in the particularly price-sensitive compact
E-initiative: more than 20 electric drive models by 2025
The brand with the four rings launched its electric offensive with the world premiere of the allelectric SUV Audi e-tron* in September 2018. By 2025, Audi will offer more than 20 automobiles
with all-electric drive in the most important markets worldwide and achieve roughly 40 percent
of its sales with electrified models. The SUVs within this portfolio include the e-tron* and the etron Sportback*. In addition, there will be a range of models with classic body layout such as
Avant and Sportback. The range will cover every relevant market segment from the compact
class to the luxury class

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