Audi has finally revealed the details of its latest electric SUV e-tron Q4, and this vehicle that surpasses 500km in driving range may be able to help the company in marching forward yet again in the battlefield of electric vehicles.
Audi officially disclosed the detailed specifications of e-tron Q4 and e-tron Q4 Sportsback on April 15th; the former, which was once showcased as a concept car during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, may expand Audi’s array of electric vehicles to the slightly “friendlier” interval.
Q4 e-tron is adopted with the MEB electric vehicle platform developed by the Volkswagen Group, and has a smaller dimension than e-tron, for which the two conditions allow the model to be produced easier and have a cheaper price tag.
Measuring at a length of merely 4.588m, and a width of 1,865mm, as well as a height of 1,632mm, the Q4 e-tron is similar to the size of Audi Q3, and the configuration of an 82kWh battery unit provides 520km (WLTP) of driving range. The model also supports 125kW fast charging, where a charge from 5% to 80% of power would only require 38 minutes.
Audi fans would also be concerned on the acceleration capability of this model. According to the official statistics, the Q4 50 e-tron Quattro is an all-wheel drive model that achieves 0 to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds, whereas the entry model 35 e-tron is capable of an acceleration time of only 9 seconds from 0-100km/h, apart from the 341km driving range.
This level of statistics might not conform to the usual performance of Audi, though let’s not forget about the pricing for Q4 e-tron, which is also not too Audi-like. The model will be launching in the European market in June 2021 at the earliest at a price of EU€50,000, or EU€41,900 after subsidization.
The Sportsback version that has a lower coefficient of drag is only EU€2,000 extra, which provides a better performance and a slightly longer driving range.
Taiwanese consumers might not be too worked up about the price tags, since no one knows what the final prices will be when the model arrives in the country. However, the lowest price of Model Y manufactured in Germany is at EU€59,600, which is EU$10,000 more than the Audi Q4 e-tron. Talk about an unexpected subversion.
Consumers are now even more conflicted in picking between Audi, which offers a cheaper price yet worse performance, or Tesla, which is relatively more expensive but offers a better performance.
(Photo source: Audi)