Audi Q4 e-tron concept revealed at Geneva

The fully electric Audi Q4 e-tron concept has been unveiled, with a production version to come in 2020

The Audi Q4 e-tron concept has been revealed for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show, giving us a preview of the production model that'll follow in late 2020 or early 2021.

It'll become the German manufacturer’s fifth electric car, after 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.

The Q4 e-tron concept features an 82kWh battery returning a range in excess of 280 miles according to the latest WLTP testing.

Two electric motors – one to drive the front wheels and another to drive the rears – 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.

Audi says the Q4 e-tron only uses the rear motor in most situations in order to extract the best possible efficiency, with the front motor engaging for fast acceleration.

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

The concept’s design will evolve again before it hits production – four seats will become five, for example – but Audi says it’s a close preview of the vehicle that'll go on sale late next year or in early 2021.

It features extremely large 22-inch wheels, and styling cues borrowed from the larger e-tron SUV. Thin headlights sit high at the front, with the car’s lines rising to the rear for a sporty look. The tailgate includes a single LED tail-light running across the full width of the rear.

Inside, the Q4 e-tron features a sculpted dashboard, which houses a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen angled towards the driver’s seat for better visibility. Audi’s virtual cockpit display sits behind the hexagonal steering wheel.

Previously, interior sketches revealed menus for navigation, phone and vehicle settings, as well as news, weather and a user profile function. Climate-control settings and seat heaters are operated on a separate touchscreen surface underneath.

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 an electric Volvo XC40 and a rumoured rival from Mercedes, which could emerge later in 2019.

The Q4 e-tron will effectively be an electric sibling to the Q3, albeit with larger dimensions: the concept is 4,590mm long, 1,900mm wide and 1,610mm tall. The Q3 sold over 200,000 examples worldwide in 2018, making it Audi’s most popular car.

This will also be the first time Audi uses Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which should improve interior space by packing the 510kg battery and electric motors low down in the car.

Audi plans to have a dozen pure-electric cars on sale by 2025.