The German automaker presented the new Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron electric car online and immediately announced its decision to launch its serial production in 2021. The model will be the second version of the Audi electric car. Its prototype – Audi Q4 e-Tron is just preparing for mass production and sales launch in European and Russian markets.
Common features and differences of German electric cars
Both models are built on the same modular electric matrix MEV and have almost identical technical parameters:
A rear electric motor with 150 N‧m of torque and 102 hp;
Front electric motor with 310 N ‧ torque and power of 204 hp;
the battery capacity of 82 kAh;
Travel range without recharging according to the standard WLTR – 450 km;
Acceleration to 100 km/h in 6.3 sec;
speed limit – 180 km/h.
In real conditions, the Sportback is more economical to use energy than its fellow electric car Audi Q4, due to improved aerodynamic performance. The drag coefficient is 0.26 and 027, respectively.
The manufacturer announced the appearance of a sports car in a lightweight rear-wheel-drive version with an electric motor on the rear axle. In such a modification the driving range according to WLTR standard will be increased by at least 50 km. Charging time to 100 percent from a 125 kW DC power unit is around 45 minutes.
Sportback e-tron exterior
Visually, the appearance of the Sportback electric cross-coupe completely repeats the exterior of the simple “four”. The most striking details of the exterior: the volume octagonal grille, the stylish brand logo with the illumination of “e-tron”, extended wheel arches, stylish wheels with a diagonal of 22 inches.
The physical parameters of the German electric car are 4.6 meters in length, 1.9 meters in width, 1.6 meters in height, and 2.77 meters of wheelbase.
New technologies in the interior
The Sportback, like the prototype, gets a large central touchscreen (12.3 inches) with expanded functionality and a widescreen projection display with innovative augmented reality technology. By moving the transmission control panel to the hovering console, the manufacturer freed up space where the center tunnel used to be for storage of various small items.
The interior style of the new electric car can be described in two words – digital minimalism. Spacious interior with dominant light colors is not overloaded with decor. For decoration, designers used non-standard solutions, such as the elements of the frosted Plexiglas, forming the effect of depth and soaring, zoning with contrasting colors (dark for the bottom and white or beige for the top). The armchairs are upholstered in quality hard-wearing Alcantara, and the ceiling and uprights are lined with practical microfiber.
Thanks to the relatively large base and the absence of transmission, there is plenty of space inside the car, which naturally ensures maximum passenger comfort during long journeys. Under the windows in the upper half of the front doors, there are additional compartments for storing bottles, and in the lower part, there are convenient pockets for personal belongings.
In European markets, the car will be sold at a price of 40,000 euros.
Audi Corporation has developed a strategic plan according to which by 2025 more than 40 percent of all sales will be in hybrids and electric cars, and the number of all-electric cars in the lineup will reach at least 20.