Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept previews 2021 production car

New coupe-SUV version of the Q4 e-tron concept will hit showrooms in 2021 as Audi's seventh electric car

Audi has revealed its Q4 Sportback e-tron concept, a coupe-SUV version of the Q4 e-tron that was shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Audi has confirmed that the two are mechanically similar and that both will be going on sale as production cars in 2021. 

It'll become the German manufacturer’s seventh electric car, after the Q4 e-tron, the larger Audi e-tron, e-tron GT, e-tron Sportback and an electric version of the Q2 crossover destined for the Chinese market only.

As with the Q4 e-tron concept, the Q4 Sportback e-tron features an 82kWh battery returning a range in excess of 280 miles. Two electric motors combine for a total of 302bhp and 460Nm of torque, resulting in a 0-62mph figure of 6.3 seconds and a top speed limited to 112mph. According to Audi, the rear motor is used in most situations in order to extract the best possible efficiency, with the front motor engaging for fast acceleration.

Audi also says that rear-wheel-drive version of the car will push that claimed range to 310 miles. It's likely that other cars in the wider Volkswagen Group built on the same MEB mechanical platform could use a similar setup.

Both Q4 e-tron models are compatible with 125kW rapid charging, allowing a 0-80% charge in around half an hour.

Styling changes over the previous Q4 e-tron concept are most evident at the rear, where the Sportback gets a rakish roofline in place of its sibling's more traditional treatment. Both sport the same front and rear haunches, similarly large 21-inch alloys and a large false grille up front, along with LED lights front and rear. 

The Sportback gets more prominent skid plates front and rear, while also featuring brighter detailing in its bumpers. Both get an illuminated e-tron logo in the rear bumper. 

Inside, the pair get a similar interior that prioritises space and previews a continuation of Audi's current trend for angular, sculptural dashboard design. Alcantara and plexiglass trim give a modern feel, while Audi's virtual cockpit and a central 12.3-inch touchscreen are used to control infotainment.

The design of each e-tron will evolve again before production, but both cars are thought to be pretty close to production in terms of styling.

Audi is eager to get ahead in what it anticipates will be an important market for electric cars over the coming years. The bigger e-tron faces stern competition from the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X, although the Q4 e-tron should enter the fray with fewer competitors.

The German carmaker wants to get the jump on the forthcoming Tesla Model Y, as well as the electric Volvo XC40 and the forthcoming Mercedes EQA. The Q4 e-tron will effectively be an electric sibling to the Q3, albeit with larger dimensions.