Audi Q4 e-tron prototype media drive conducted ahead of its unveil

Motor1 has published new spy pictures of the Audi Q4 e-tron, and these show the interior of the upcoming electric SUV. The production Audi Q4 e-tron features a new steering wheel that clubs the design of the units seen on the two preceding Q4 concept vehicles.

Like in the Audi Q4 e-tron concept, the center console creates a floating effect, and the designers have been able to make it because it doesn’t need to hold a gear lever or hand brake actuation elements. While the concept SUV featured a strip of thin buttons for controlling the air conditioning, the production SUV has bigger, conventional buttons for the same.

In other updates, Audi has organized prototype test drives of the Q4 e-tron for the media, social media uploads from European media journalists Greg Kable and Wosch confirm. Expect the unveil by the end of April.

In September last year, a post made on by Romain revealed the upcoming Audi electric SUV at an off-road testing park in Germany. In the following month, reader Marc Tejero had spotted the Audi Q4 e-tron on test in Spain. These spy pictures provided a fair idea of the exterior of the MEB platform-based luxury electric SUV that rival the Tesla Model Y.

Spy media indicate a more aggressive front end with headlights and ‘grille’ featuring a sharper design. While the concept was hoisted on 22-inch wheels, the production model should come with 18-21-inch wheel options. The front and rear apron would miss out the illuminated e-tron branding, and the latter would have a realistic design.

The spy shots from Marc Tejero revealed the structure of the rear lights of the Audi electric SUV. The brake lights are three squarish modules, and there’s a horizontal transparent portion below them for the reverse light and the turn indicator. The partly transparent rear light assembly adds to the sportiness of the Audi Q4 e-tron. Spy pictures show the fitment of conventional door handles and a shark-fin antenna, which weren’t part of the concept version.

Overall, the Audi Q4 e-tron will be a mechanical cousin of the VW ID.4 and the Skoda Enyaq. As indicated by the concept, it will look the most SUV-like among the three. The profile of the Volkswagen and Skoda models, especially the former, make them seem like large station wagons or estates. Thankfully that won’t be the case with the Audi electric SUV which looks sporty.

The interior of the production Audi Q4 e-tron is unlikely to deviate much from the concept version. The floor console should have a more practical design to bring the gear selector closer to the driver. Volkswagen Group has started reducing digital instrument cluster sizes and is shifting to more advanced head-up displays. So, like the Volkswagen and Skoda models, the Audi offering may not feature a 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster even though the concept version contained the feature. The Skoda Enyaq, for reference, has a 5.3-inch display, and there’s no option for a bigger unit.

Audi Q4 e-tron concept interior dashboard
The production Audi Q4 e-tron may have a smaller virtual instrument cluster as Volkswagen Group increases its focus on making head-up display a more conventional technology. Image from Audi.

The Audi Q4 e-tron will likely come in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive drivetrain layouts. Expect 58 kWh and 77 kWh battery pack options, with only the latter available in AWD configurations. We expect at least three motor options: 150 kW single-motor, 195 kW dual-motor and 225 kW dual-motor. The most range-focused configuration should offer a range of over 300 miles in Europe’s WLTP test cycle. In the USA, the conservative EPA estimated range could be around 250 miles, though.

The Audi Q4 e-tron prices in the USA should begin from around $45,000. Expect it to cross the Atlantic by the Spring of 2022.

Audi Q4 e-tron FAQs

What is the Audi Q4 e-tron release date?

The Audi Q4 e-tron will likely debut in April before global customer deliveries begin around July.

What will be the Audi Q4 e-tron price?

The Audi Q4 e-tron prices could start at around $45,000 when it reaches the United States in 2022.

Which electric SUV will be the Audi Q4 e-tron rival?

The Audi Q4 e-tron will rival the Tesla Model Y.

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