German automaker Audi has showcased its first compact electric SUV, the Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron globally. Both now add to the line-up of other fully electric vehicles, which consists of the e-tron GT sedan and the full-size SUV, the e-tron.
Audi states that the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron will comprise of three variants – Q4 35 e-tron, Q4 40 e-tron and the range topping Q4 50 e-tron Quattro. A 52kW battery pack is offered on the base trim, which produces 168bhp and 310Nm of torque and of a full charge; the Q4 35 e-tron provides a full range of around 341 kilometres. The Q4 40 e-tron, on the other hand, is offered with a 77kW battery pack which has a power figure of around 201bhp and 310Nm, it provides a total range of about 520 kilometres which is the highest in the whole range.
The range-topping Q4 50 e-tron Quattro is offered with the same 77kW battery pack but is offered with two electric motors powering the front and rear wheels. Both motors produce a combined figure of 295bhp and 460Nm, which helps propel the Q4 from 0 to 100 in 6.2 seconds, topping out at 180kms. The claimed range that the Q4 e-tron offers is around 488 kilometres, while the Q4 Sportback e-tron has a range of approximately 497 kilometres. On all variants of the Q4, Audi claims that with a 100 or 125kw supercharger, the batteries will charge from empty to 80 percent in just 38 minutes.
As of now, there are no plans for Audi to bring the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron to India but they do have plans to bring the e-tron/e-tron Sportback within the coming months, which would compete with other full-electric SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the recently launched Jaguar I-Pace in India.