By B. O’Hare
After much anticipation, Audi has finally unveiled the production Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback. Based off the VW Group’s diverse MEB platform, the Q4 e-tron is a direct rival to the likes of the Tesla Model Y and Ford Mach-E. Three versions will be available from launch.
Q4 e-tron 35
The entry-level version is the Q4 e-tron 35. Powered by a 52kWh (net) battery pack, it produces 168bhp and has a 212 mile WLTP range according to Audi. Audi says the Sportback equivalent will manage 217 miles on the WLTP cycle thanks to its slightly more aerodynamic design. 0-62 mph takes 9 seconds in the 35.
Q4 e-tron 40
Midway through the range is the Q4 e-tron 40. Featuring a 77kWh (again, net capacity) battery pack, the 40 manages a seriously impressive 323 mile WLTP range according to Audi, with the Sportback equivalent capable of 328 miles according to the firm. Total power output in the 40 is 201bhp, meanwhile 0-62 mph is marginally quicker at 8.5 seconds. Both the 35 and 40 have 99 mph limited top speeds.
Q4 e-tron 50
Finally, at the top of the Q4 lineup is the Q4 e-tron 50. Using the same 77kWh battery as the 40, the Q4 e-tron 50 adds AWD thanks to an additional electric motor. Total power output is a hefty 295bhp, meanwhile 0-62 mph takes 6.2 seconds and top speed is increased to 112 mph. Range for the AWD 50 is 303 miles per charge WLTP in traditional guise, or 309 miles in sleeker Sportback form according to Audi.
Both the 40 and 50 are capable of 125kW fast charging, meaning 81 miles of range can be added in just 10 minutes. An S-Line trim will also be available, which will come equipped with a sportier suspension as standard.
In terms of pricing, currently we only know how much the Q4 e-tron will be in Germany. Pricing for the base 35 will start at €41,900 ($50,197) there, with the 40 coming in at €47,500 ($56,900) and finally the 50 at €52,900 ($63,375). The Sportback equivalent of each can be had for an additional €2,000 ($2,396). First deliveries in Europe will take place this June. A US release date is yet to be revealed.
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