Audi will introduce new electric models next year: the Q4 e-tron and the Q4 Sportback e-tron. The cars share their technical basis with the Volkswagen ID.3 and, depending on the version, come more than 500 kilometers on a battery charge.

The Volkswagen Group, of which Audi, like the brands such as Seat, SKODA and Volkswagen itself, is a part, is on the eve of a major electric model offensive. To this end, the group has developed a special platform that the various brands can use. The upcoming Volkswagen ID.3 is the first car on that new platform, after which we have to wait for the models from Audi, Seat and SKODA.

The Audi Q4 e-tron measures 4.60 meters in length and is 1.90 meters in width. The Sportback version measures 4.61 in length. The models are positioned higher in the market than their own competitors.

After all, Audi only mentions a battery pack of 82 kWh and system power of 225 kW, while the sister brands also feature less powerful versions. The power assists the e-tron with an acceleration time to 100 kilometers per hour of 6.3 seconds and a peak of 180 kilometers per hour.

This preliminary appearance will not change much anymore. (Photo: Audi)

Range of over 500 kilometers

The Q4 Sportback e-tron comes more than 500 kilometers on a battery charge, says Audi. For the four-wheel drive version, the brand expects a driving range of 450 kilometers. The maximum charging speed is 125 kW, so that the car is 80 percent full again in about half an hour.

While the graphics don't yet show the new Q4 Sportback e-tron in its final form, Audi says little will change about it. Along with the existing e-tron and e-tron Sportback models, the new Q4 e-tron should boost sales of electric cars at Audi.

The e-tron GT will be added in the near future. This model was developed together with Porsche and shares its basis with the already introduced Taycan.

Audi hopes that all-electric models and plug-in hybrid vehicles will have a 40 percent share of sales by 2025.

The infotainment touch screen measures 12.3 inches. (Photo: Audi)

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