Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron concept revealed

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Audi has revealed the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept, the coupe-styled companion to the ‘standard’ Q4 e-tron concept unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

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While the Q4 Sportback is officially labelled as a concept, its exterior styling, interior layout and electric powertrain are nearly showroom-ready, closely reflecting those of a production model due to enter production in 2021.

Measuring 4600mm long and 1600mm tall, the Sportback is 10mm longer and 10mm shorter in height than its conventional Q4 sibling, enabling a 0.01Cd-lower drag coefficient of 0.26Cd.

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The Sportback differs primarily in the visual department compared to its regular sibling from the B-pillar back, where a sloping, coupe-like roofline feeds into an all-new rear end featuring a metallic lower diffuser and a sporty, integrated rear spoiler.

LED lighting is fitted front and rear, with the design of the LED daytime-running lights able to be varied by the customer through the options list.

Inside the cabin, a 12.3-inch touchscreen takes centre stage in the middle of the dashboard, complemented by an all-digital instrument cluster and flat-bottomed steering wheel.

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Under its silver sheetmetal, the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept shares its MEB modular electric vehicle platform with the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, and the Skoda Enyaq iV.

A 150kW/310Nm electric motor on the rear axle combines with a 75kW/150Nm unit up front for combined outputs of 225kW of power and 460Nm of torque. Audi claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.3 seconds – one tenth slower than the mechanically-identical Skoda Enyaq iV RS.

Energy is stored in an 82kWh battery pack (gross capacity), enabling a 450km range on the WLTP cycle. Should the driver run out of juice however, and standard-fit 125kW DC fast-charging will recharge the lithium-ion cells from empty to 80 per cent in around 30 minutes.

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Above: the Q4 e-tron concept (left) alongside its new Sportback sibling (right).

Filling the arches are 22-inch alloy wheels, bolted to adaptive dampers with steel springs. The 510kg battery is mounted low in the floor, enabling a perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

A production version of the Audi Q4 Sportback e-tron will go on sale next year.

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