From what we can see so far, the Tesla Model Y better watch out.
Audi's all-electric e-tron range continues to grow, combining the brand's legendary quality and premium design with punchy powertrains that won't hurt the planet. But considering that the e-tron Sportback starts at nearly $80,000, it's hardly accessible to a broad audience. Enter the smaller Q4 Sportback e-tron Concept, which Audi has just teased via a 20-second clip that reveals quite a lot of detail in that short space of time. Like the Q4 e-tron which is Audi's equivalent to the Volkswagen ID.4 that leaked a few days ago, the Q4 Sportback e-tron Concept should be a lot more affordable than the bigger e-tron.
As the Sportback name dictates, this will be a sportier version of the Q4 e-tron with a sloping roofline. Although that roofline and the rear end were hidden in the video, a pretty clear shot of the face reveals a similar look to the Audi Q4 Concept that was shown at last year's Geneva Motor Show. It's quite a butch design with a large grille, slim headlamp clusters, and hard-to-miss air intakes. A brief shot of the taillight also looks similar to that of the Q4 Concept. Not much is shown of the interior beyond the steering wheel and a wide infotainment screen that is angled towards the driver. Once again, these elements mimic those of the Q4 Concept.
The Q4 Sportback e-tron Concept is likely to share its powertrain with the Q4 e-tron. Although nothing official has been confirmed yet, the Q4 Concept utilized two electric motors that generated total outputs of 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, with a 280-mile range made possible from an 82-kWh battery. A 0-60 mph time of 6.3 seconds was quoted, so it won't quite match a Tesla Model Y. Still, with that Audi badge and a lower price tag than the e-tron, expectations are high. We'll find out more following the online world premiere of the Q4 Sportback e-tron Concept on July 7 at 7.15 pm CEST.