The Audi Q4 e-tron concept will be the brand's 5th electric model

It's close to the finished product
by Greg Potts | Mar 10, 2019
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Things are moving quickly over at Audi. Its first fully-electric production car, the e-tron, was only shown in camouflage for the first time at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, but sales are now well underway and deliveries should begin this month.

And if you were in any doubt about Audi’s seriousness in adopting electric power, this year’s Geneva concept will become the company’s fifth electric model when it goes on sale by the end of 2020. It’s been a busy year in Ingolstadt.

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So, the Q4 e-tron concept, then. As you can see above it’s a compact four-door SUV that’ll arrive after the e-tron, the e-tron Sportback, the Q2L e-tron for China, and the e-tron GT coupe have all gone on sale. Audi says it’ll take a position “in the upper third of the compact class.” Riiight.

That plan for 2020, though, would suggest that this concept is pretty close to the finished product, and it would certainly seem that way from the details Audi has released so far.

The Q4 concept uses an electric motor for each axle, meaning that a total of 225kW (or 302hp in old money) is sent to all four wheels in traditional Quattro style. This will fire what is presumably a rather heavy car from 0-100kph in 6.3sec and on to a limited top speed of 179kph.

The top-end restrictor is in place to extend the range of the car, and Audi claims the 82kWh battery in this Q4 will manage 450km on a single charge.

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On the inside, it clearly borrows plenty from its larger e-tron brother. The dash and the screens might look a little more futuristic, but there are traditional wing mirrors rather than cameras, and the lightly colored ‘sustainable’ upholstery gives it a fresh feel. Out with the leather, in with the recycled materials.

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The eagle-eyed among you will have noted that this is only a four-seater right now—there’s no word on whether the production model will feature the five-seat arrangement of its sibling, though.

In terms of exterior design, there are few surprises given that this is an Audi crossover, although those chunky arches do look fantastic and there is 2019’s obligatory accessory—a full length light bar across the rear.

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So, with the Q4 e-tron, Audi hopes that its lineup of electric cars now has something for everyone. Like the look of the future?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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