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Audi unveils MEB-based Q4 e-tron concept EV; production version in 2020

Audi unveils MEB-based Q4 e-tron concept EV; production version in 2020

Audi has a busy show floor at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as it is unveiling futuristic concepts and plug-in hybrid powertrains of the existing models like Q5, A7 and A8. It borrows exterior styling cues from the E-tron (and E-tron GT concept), albeit in a smaller and sportier package. Audi will have the Electrify America charging network to tap into when the production version of the Q4 e-tron launches.

The MEB offers a broad range of drive variants and power levels; the performance version of the electric drive is installed in the Audi Q4 e-tron concept.

At the front, the motor supplies the front wheels with up to 75 kW and 150 Nm while the rear motor has an output of 150 kW and torque of 310 Nm. "And it will take no more than two glances to see that this is an electric Audi e-tron: Like the first production Audi with electric drive, the new concept vehicle also features a structured closed surface within a broad, nearly upright octagonal frame in place of a traditional radiator grille". For the most part, it's rear-wheel biased, to maximize efficiency. The battery pack is rated at 82kWh, and Audi claims that the Q4 e-tron has a range of over 450km on a single charge. As a result, it can take hardly more than 30 minutes to return to 80% of the total capacity. Top speed is electronically limited to 112 miles per hour, with acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds.

With a length of 4,59 m and 1,90 width, the Q4 e-tron is comparably compact, and Audi says the relation to the original e-tron EV is visible on first sight. However, the generous 2.77-meter (9-foot) wheelbase puts it into a class above in terms of interior space. MLB, MQB - modular longitudinal platform and modular lateral platform: These component systems for vehicle development represent a great success story in all segments of Audi and the Volkswagen Group. It feels like it slots right into the range of compact SUVs between the Q2 and the Q3 and that e-tron is going to become rather more normal. In fact, Audi brought the e-tron Sportback to Geneva, clad in some loud camouflage graphics, pairing a more coupe-like profile with the innards of the large e-tron SUV.

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Audi will introduce this new electric auto towards the end of 2020.

Audi's previous electric vehicles have arrived with names that stood them apart.

That plan for 2020 though would suggest that this concept is pretty close to the finished product, and it would certainly seem that way from the details Audi has released so far.

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