One of the most important upcoming cars in the Audi pipeline is actually a small crossover. That might not excite the enthusiast fanbase much but it actually should. This small crossover isn’t going to be just any small crossover. It’s going to be an all-electric crossover build on an entirely bespoke EV architecture and should offer great range at a great price. That car is the Audi Q4 e-tron and it was just recently seen doing some pre-production testing. (We don’t own the photos but you can see them here)
Even from the heavily camouflaged test mules in these photos, we can tell that the Audi Q4 e-tron will share a lot with its Volkswagen ID siblings. Being built on the same chassis as those cars (the ID.3 hatchback and ID.4 crossover), the Audi Q4 will share similar dimensions, styling and tech.
On the outside, the Audi Q4 e-tron is a handsome enough car. It gets ultra-short overhangs and looks sporty, thanks to its slightly flared wheel arches. Its headlights seem similar to those found on the Volkswagen ID models but its taillights seem similar to those seen on the Audi e-tron GT concept.
Under the skin, the Audi Q4 e-tron will share most of its mechanical bits with the aforementioned ID.4. So it will get a single electric motor at the rear axle as-standard but will likely get the option for an additional motor at the front axle. Expect a range of over 200 miles and a 0-60 mph time of around six seconds. Though, we don’t have any official info, so range and performance times are purely speculative.
Considering that the Audi Q4 e-tron will be the brand’s least expensive EV when it hits the road, it’s going to be available to most Audi customers. People trading in cars like the Q5 will likely see similar lease prices to their car from the Q4 and that might be enough to make the jump over to electric. Which is why we’re so interesting in seeing what becomes of it. Even if an all-electric crossover might not be the sexiest of cars on paper.