Production of the Audi Q4 e-tron has started ahead of its debut next month.
After unveiling the e-tron GT sedan last month, Audi is preparing to reveal the next new member of the electric e-tron family: the Q4 e-tron. Riding on the same modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform as the Volkswagen ID.4, the Q4 e-tron is aimed at the mass market and will compete with the Tesla Model Y and Volvo C40 Recharge.
Ahead of its debut in a few weeks, the Audi Q4 e-tron has already started production at the Zwickau plant in Germany, where it will be built on the same assembly line as the VW ID.4. Production of the Q4 e-tron will also be carbon-neutral since the Zwickau plant uses renewable energy sources and has a "highly efficient combined-heat-and-power plant."
To reduce CO2 emissions, the Audi Q4 e-tron's battery will be used in second-life concepts or recycled. "With the start of production of the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau is now a multi-brand plant. As a result, we are writing yet another chapter in the long history of the automotive industry here in Saxony. I'd like to thank all the Audi employees who are currently manufacturing the vehicles to the very highest quality, in the agreed-upon volume, and on schedule," said Dr. Stefan Loth, Chairman of the executive management of Volkswagen Saxony.
Audi still hasn't revealed any technical details, but the Q4 e-tron should have similar specifications to the Q4 e-tron Sportback concept, which packed two electric motors producing a combined 301 hp. This setup enabled the electric SUV concept to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 6.3 seconds and last 279 miles on a single charge with AWD.
Thanks to the flexible MEB platform, the Q4 e-tron will offer interior space on par with a large full-size SUV, despite being smaller than the Q5. As for interior tech, the Audi Q4 e-tron's lavish cabin will come with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch touchscreen as standard. An optional 11.6-inch touchscreen will also be available at a later date, which will be the largest display in any Audi model.
Other available tech will include an optional head-up display with fancy augmented-reality technology projecting elements from driver assists and the navigation system onto the windshield. The Audi Q4 e-tron will debut in mid-April and go on sale in Europe this summer, so we'll find out more details about Audi's new Tesla Model Y fighter in just a few weeks.