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It all starts with the VW ID.3's MEB platform.

Last month at Frankfurt, Volkswagen unveiled its new ID.3 all-electric vehicle. Although it's not slated to go on sale in the US, a crossover version will. Built on the same platform, internally called MEB, and potentially called ID.4, it will debut sometime next spring. In the meantime, we're learning more about what the Volkswagen Group has in store for the MEB electric vehicle-only setup. There was no way it would be limited to solely the Volkswagen brand given the millions invested. Audi will also utilize it. As we previously reported, the upcoming Q4 e-tron will be the first Audi built on MEB and Autoblog has confirmed another two are on the way.

Several months ago we also reported Audi is planning an A4-sized EV and Autoblog's new report appears to confirm this. "We can envision a sportier version [of the Q4] and a sedan," Markus Jeschke, MEB project manager, explained to Autoblog.

via Audi AG
via Audi AG
via Audi AG

Think of the design distinction between the Q3 and Q3 Sportback, for example, to get a better idea of what Audi is planning for this Q4 variant. All told, Audi has three MEB vehicles in the pipeline, which are part of its 20-vehicle EV offensive it hopes to launch by 2025. Last year's e-tron was simply the first. The e-tron GT, which premiered in concept form last November at Los Angeles, is also due in the relatively near future. But one of the main benefits Audi is already enjoying from the MEB platform is its all-electric-only nature. It was never designed for internal combustion engines and, therefore, engineered for a floor-mounted battery pack. This not only enables a lower center of gravity but also greater interior space.

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2021 Audi e-tron GT Front View Driving via Audi AG
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For example, Audi exterior designer Wolf Seebers told Autoblog that the interior designers were able to create Q5-like space in a Q3-sized footprint. Electric motors are also far more compact than any internal combustion engine.

The Q4 e-tron concept is supposedly about 97 percent and will definitely be sold in the US. It's too early to know for certain whether the other two MEB-based Audis will come to America, but chances are highly likely.

Dashboard via Audi AG
2019 Audi e-tron Interior Front Area, Dashboard via Audi AG
2019 Audi e-tron Front Three-Quarter Right Side View via Audi AG
Front Angle View via Audi AG

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2019 Audi e-tron Interior Front Area, Dashboard
2019 Audi e-tron Front Three-Quarter Right Side View
2021 Audi e-tron GT Side View
2021 Audi e-tron GT Rear Angle View
2021 Audi e-tron GT Front View Driving
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