Audi: Here’s Audi’s next SUV on the way

We register great interest in Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4, so we expect that some will also extend to the third alternative from the VW group in this class – namely the Q4 e-tron.

According to the plan, it will be shown during the year, however so far we have only met it as a concept car at last year’s Geneva show.

This summer we presented fresh spy photos accompanied by renderings, before Audi held the next day a virtual presentation where they showed that the Q4 e-tron will also be built in two body shapes, just like big brother.

We now have fresh spy photos of less camouflaged prototypes of both variants that confirm that the production cars will be close to the concepts when production starts around the turn of the year.

Mens Today’s e-tron is built on a modified version of the MLB platform, the Q4 e-tron must be built on the new MEB platform, which means close relationship with the recently shown Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq.

You can safely count on Audi becoming the most expensive and advanced of them. And it will come in two body shapes, something we know also applies to the two relatives.

While the concept cars had a dashboard covered by large screens, we can only hope that Audi chooses to keep some physical controls for the most important functions, although I have my doubts.

During the presentation of the new Q5 Sportback a couple of weeks ago we were told that the “new MMI touch screen had made the MMI panel redundant” between the seats.

Audi will offer alternative powertrains in the Q4 e-tron, and we know that the top model will have over 300 horses and four-wheel drive.

But there will also be alternatives for those who settle for less power and two-wheel drive, which means most European countries outside Scandinavia and the alpine countries.

The standard battery pack will probably have a capacity of just over 80 kWt, enough for a mileage of around 40 miles. If you are going further than that, just make a stop at a fast charger, then you are ready for another 30 miles in half an hour.

We expect the official launch of the Q4 e-tron early next year, first as an SUV and then in coupe packaging. Since today’s e-tron is priced from 588,000 we can probably count on the Q4 e-tron being pushed well below half a million.

But a little ahead of Q4 e-tron in the queue is Audi’s new top model that you can see renderings of here.

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