The Audi Q4 e-tron is an all-electric compact luxury crossover SUV produced by the German automobile manufacturer Audi. It is based on the Volkswagen Group electric MEB platform and is the fourth fully electric model in the Audi e-tron series after the Audi e-tron, e-tron GT and Q2L e-tron. Production began in March 2021, with the production version being unveiled in April 2021.The Q4 e-tron was first shown as a near-series concept vehicle at Geneva Motor Show in 2019. Positioned in what Audi calls the “heart of the market”, the compact SUV segment, its length of 4.58 m is slightly shorter than the Audi Q5.
Much of the exterior design such as the spoilers in front of the front wheel arches, the rear spoiler or the bars below the headlights was introduced with vehicle aerodynamics in mind. The Q4 e-tron achieves a drag coefficient of 0.26 in the Sportback version, which is worsened to 0.28 for the regular roofline model. Wheel sizes between 19 and 21 inch are offered.Optional features include an augmented reality head-up display (HUD) and an 11.6 inch infotainment screen which can be controlled via voice commands.The boot (trunk) holds 520 L of space, which is extended to 1,490 L when folding down the second row seats (40:20:40 split).
The Q4 e-tron is set to arrive in the US in late 2021 for the 2022 model year, with prices beginning from under $45,000.In the US, the entry model will be the Q4 40 e-tron – as such exclusively models using the larger 77 kWh battery pack will be offered in the American market.Audi estimates the entry Q4 40 e-tron to achieve around 250 mi (400 km) on the EPA test cycle. The market launch in Europe is to begin in June 2021, with prices in Germany starting from €41,900 for the base Q4 35 e-tron.
The 40 trim is priced beginning from €47,500 and the Q4 50 e-tron quattro from €52,900. Sportback models will arrive in late summer and be priced around €2,000 higher.Two dedicated “Edition” models are available at launch in all drive variants for €6,195 more respectively, offering a blue or grey paint as well as additional exterior changes.The battery consists of a liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion battery pack which houses either 10 or 12 modules containing the individual battery cells in an aluminium casing.
The smaller battery holds an energy content of 55 kWh, of which 52 kWh are made available, while the larger pack comes in at 82/77 kWh and weights of 350 kg (770 lb) and 500 kg (1,100 lb), respectively. Whereas the battery system is assembled at Volkswagen Group plants, the Nickel-Manganese-Cobalt (NMC) battery cells are obtained from suppliers such as LG Energy Solution and CATL.If charged at a public DC fast charger at a rate of 125 kW under ideal conditions, Audi claims that the 82/77 kWh battery pack can charge from 5 to 80 percent in 38 minutes.