There will soon be more e-tron models to choose from as Audi continues to expand its EV lineup. After revealing the Q4 e-tron concept last year, the German marque has now introduced a sportier version of the electric crossover – the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept.
Like most Sportback models offered by Audi today, the Q4 Sportback e-tron essentially a sleeker-looking version of the electric crossover concept. Rather than a traditional boxy rear end, it features a sloping roofline similar to that of an SUV coupe. Because of this stylish design though, it does trade in the large trunk space.
As the name implies, the Q4 Sportback e-tron is currently still a concept and will officially debut in 2021. Audi does say that the design of the sleek SUV shown here is close to what the production model will look like. From the front, the Q4 e-tron and the Sportback look nearly identical. The latter still features a large single-frame grille which is mostly closed off due to it being an EV. It is then flanked by Audi's new slim matrix LED headlights, different from the ones used in current models.
From the side, however, and you can see their profiles are very different. In particular, the roofline of the Sportback features a downward slope starting near the B-pillar; a design similar to the e-tron Sportback launched earlier this year. At the rear, there's a smaller trunk that features an integrated spoiler. Meanwhile, the LED lightbar is a carryover from most Audi models.
Inside, the Sportback shares the same digital cockpit as the Q4 e-tron concept. Front and center is a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Situated in front of the driver is an equally big digital instrument cluster. Audi notes that the interior is made with sustainable materials. Because of the sloping roofline, it does have less headroom.
Underpinning the Q4 Sportback e-tron is the same MEB platform as the non-SUV coupe counterpart. An 82-kWh battery pack powers two electric motors at each axle with a combined output of 302 PS being sent to all four wheels. With that, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 180 km/h. The total driving range is estimated at 450km, based on the European WLPT scale.
As cool as the Q4 e-tron Sportback looks, do remember that it is still a concept. The production model is set to debut in 2021.