Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback will pave the way for new 600km+ range EVs

Road trials of the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback are underway in Europe, with prototypes having been sighted alongside the Audi Q4 e-tron SUV, which is on track for an early 2021 launch. With the Q4 e-tron twins though, reports say Audi will significantly push for a 600km range on the Q4 e-tron Sportback to better differentiate it from the boxy SUV styled Audi Q4.

With the existing e-tron and e-tron Sportback Audi electric cars, the latter offers a bit more range and a stylish appearance. Where the Audi e-tron with its 95kWh battery claims 436km in the WLTP cycle, the e-tron Sportback with the same pack can deliver upto 452km. This is thanks to the coupe profile of the roof which gives the Sportback a Cd (drag coefficient) of 0.25 against the e-tron’s 0.27.

Audi Q4 e-tron concept front quarters live picture
The Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback is expected in early 2022 with a 20 module 100kWh battery.

When it comes to the Audi Q4 twins, as reported earlier, these will be the first Audis on the MEB platform, which has already produced the VW ID.3, ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq. The Audi electric car will be a mechanical cousin of the ID.4 and Enyaq, and is expected with a 58kWh rear wheel drive variant and a 77kWh all wheel drive variant. As per reports though, the Q4 e-tron Sportback will pack a 100kWh battery – the largest battery offered in a VW Group electric vehicle.

Where the Q4 and Q4 Sportback are expected to offer three battery variants: 150 kW single-motor, 195 kW dual-motor and 225 kW dual-motor, the Q4 Sportback will offer a significant WLTP range of 600km. This will allow Audi to offer the bodystyle of a crossover with the range matching a Tesla Model S (the long range variant offers a 643km range currently).

Audi Q4 e-tron concept interior dashboard
The inside of the Q4 e-tron Sportback is expected to be identical to the Q4 e-tron.

The 100 kWh battery pack of the Q4 e-tron Sportback will pack 20 modules, and the development work done by Audi to integrate this battery to the MEB architecture would be used by other group brands too, and a key beneficiary of this powertrain will be the upcoming VW ID Buzz, also expected in 2022.

What is the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback electric release date?

The Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback electric is expected in early 2022.

Which electric cars are considered as Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback rivals?

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

What is the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback electric price?

The Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback electric is expected to start at 47,500 USD for the base variant.