Audi has unveiled its all-electric Q4 e-tron and the Q4 e-tron Sportback, which will go on sale in the European market by June 2021. While it's quite likely that one of them will debut in the Indian market, it's highly unlikely that both of them will.
Audi has taken the wraps of the all-electric crossover SUVs – the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback. As the name suggests, the latter one sports an unconventional styling for an SUV and carries a more SUV-coupe-like design language. The Audi Q4 e-tron sits between the Audi Q3 and Audi Q5, which were on sale in the Indian market. The e-tron suffix in the name indicates that the Q4 is exclusively available with an electric drivetrain.
Both Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback share the same mechanicals and power source. Both models are offered in three variants – Audi Q4 35 e-tron, Audi Q4 40 e-tron, and Audi Q4 50 e-tron. While the first two are offered as rear-wheel-drive, the latter 50 variant gets an all-wheel-drive (Quattro) layout.
The battery size on offer in the Q4 35 e-tron is 52kWh, while the Q4 40 e-tron gets a larger 77kWh battery. The power output for the 35 variant is rated at 167bhp, while the 40 variant has 201bhp on offer. Both the variants put out 310Nm of torque. The Q4 35 e-tron darts from 0 to 100km/hr in 9 seconds, while the more powerful Q4 40 e-tron makes the same sprint in 8.5 seconds. The claimed range on the Audi Q4 40 e-tron is 520km, while the base Q4 35 e-tron goes 341km in one full charge (349km on the Sportback model). The range figures have been claimed according to the WLTP cycle.
The top of the line Audi Q4 50 e-tron features an asynchronous motor (ASM) for the front wheels, which in turn translates to an all-wheel-drive powertrain. This range-topping model gets a higher power output of 295bhp and 460Nm of torque. The Audi Q4 50 e-tron does a 100km/hr sprint from standing still in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 180km/hr. The drag coefficient of the Q4 e-tron is 0.28, whereas the drag coefficient of the Sportback is 0.26.
The feature list includes a 10.25-inch display for the instrument cluster and a standard 10.1-inch MMI display for the infotainment system. Audi confirms that an optional 11.6-inch infotainment screen will be on offer by the end of the year. The list continues with augmented reality, working in sync with the head-up display. The sporty suspension setup, which is standard on the Sportline models, can be had in any of the variants for an extra cost.
The Q4 twins will be launched in Germany by June 2021. The prices will start from EUR 41,900 (approximately Rs 37,70,329) for the Q4 e-tron, EUR 43,900 (approximately Rs 39,50,297) for the Sportback model. Audi India is gearing up for the launch of its e-tron, and the company has teased its launch a number of times. The Audi e-tron is expected to be launched in India by the beginning of Q3 of 2021 and will rival the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace. The Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback could follow the launch of the e-tron India and are likely to be positioned in a more affordable segment.