Since its very beginnings, Audi has always been committed to innovation above all else. It’s the company’s very motto, and it’s found in every part of its DNA. And Audi makes no secret of it, as it states in its now famous slogan “Vorsprung Durch Technik” (Advancement through technology). The manufacturer will demonstrate it again with the imminent arrival of the production version of the Audi Q4 e-tron. Audi Blainville, your Audi dealer of choice in the eponymous city, reviews with you the main features of the stunning Audi Q4 e-tron Concept, which is a very faithful prefiguration of the aforementioned vehicle.
A breathtaking design, very faithful to the production vehicle coming to Blainville!
The first thing that strikes you when you look at the Q4 e-tron Concept is its design, which is both typically Audi and futuristic. With a more rounded singleframe grille, tapered headlights with a unique light signature, large sport wheels, a finely sculpted profile and a superb rear light bar, the Q4 e-tron Concept offers to the eye a design that’s both familiar and yet very innovative. So one thing’s for sure, the future production Audi Q4 e-tron, which should arrive in a year’s time on the market from the North Shore of Montreal to the Laurentians, will be stunning!
And if you add to that the fact that Audi generally offers very exclusive colors ranging from the sober blue of the Q4 e-tron Concept to much more expressive colors such as the Catalunya Red Metallic available on the 2020 Audi e-tron, and a choice of wheels with a very elaborate design, you should have a very muscular looking SUV for the production Q4 e-tron near Blainville!
Specifications that hint at a capable and innovative powertrain on the North Shore.
Few details have filtered through from Audi Canada regarding the production version of the Q4 e-tron. However, if you look at the specifications of the Q4 e-tron Concept, you’ll see that they should be at least the same, if not better, and will be very impressive.
The all-electric powertrain of Audi’s study vehicle has a power output of about 301 hp, with 201 of these horses (for 228 lb-ft of torque) going to the rear axle and the other 100 (for 110 lb-ft of maximum torque) to the front axle. The Q4 e-tron Concept, with its two drive trains, is therefore a genuine all-wheel drive system with a highly advanced configuration. And knowing that this one is a very realistic prelude of what the production series version will be like, chances are that when the production Q4 e-tron arrives on the roads from Blainville to St-Jérôme, it will be equipped with a four-wheel drive system that’s just as powerful, if not more advanced.
As for the battery in the Audi Concept car, it’s an 82-kWh one that provides a range of 450 km according to European standards (WLTP). In actual Canadian conditions, the concept car would offer less driving autonomy (around 350 km) with our more realistic calculation methods. On the other hand, one thing that will not change on either side of the Atlantic is the 0–100 km, which is established at only 6.3 seconds for the Q4 e-tron Concept. Knowing that the latter is a version close to the production of the future Audi electric VUS, you should be able to count on performances at least equivalent, if not better, than those of the concept car.
A typical interior of the four-ring manufacturer, combining the future of the German brand with the present.
Finally, the interior of the Q4 e-tron Concept. Just like the exterior, this one is more like an evolution of the current Audi interiors, while bringing its share of new features. This is how you will recognize the characteristic interior of recent Ingolstadt-based productions with their horizontal and geometrical lines. What’s not so characteristic, however, is the steering wheel, which takes the very original shape of a hexagon. It has bulges in the classic positions (10 o’clock and 2 o’clock), but also lower (4 o’clock and 8 o’clock). There is no indication at the moment as to whether or not it will be included in the production vehicle, although this interior is similar to a cockpit that is almost ready for production.
You’ll also notice that the Concept car features digital interfaces, with a display screen in the middle of the dashboard that faces the driver, as well as the presence of Audi’s now indispensable digital dashboard, the famous Audi Virtual Cockpit. These last elements, which are already present on the 2020 Q3, for example, should be present on the production model when it becomes available between St-Jérôme and Blainville.