Audi’s push into the mainstream EV market is getting closer.

    The upcoming Q4 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback use the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.4 but with some Audi elan.

    The Q4 E-tron and the Q4 E-Tron Sportback prototypes seen here both have a large capacitive touchscreen infotainment system and a customisable digital instrumentation screen.

    Unlike its Volkswagen and Skoda siblings, the Q4’s instrumentation display is a widescreen unit, while the infotainment display seems to be integrated into the dashboard and not a free-standing unit.

    2021 Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback interior spied

    In keeping with Audi’s current design theme, the interior of the Q4 is heavy on piano black plastic and metal-like elements.

    From what we can see, the prototypes’ cabins look to be very similar to the one in the Q4 E-Tron Concept.

    The concept’s dash includes a secondary touchscreen for the climate control system and other functions. It’s possible the production Q4 models will include this too, although we can’t see it in these photos.

    As far as the exterior is concerned, the Q4 E-Tron Sportback is faithful to the concept from earlier in the year.

    Key changes include less aggressive front and rear bumpers, pull-out door handles, traditional wing mirrors instead of camera pods, and simplified side sills.

    Differences between the regular Q4 E-Tron and its Sportback sibling primarily take place aft of the B-pillar, with the Sportback featuring a more aggressively raked roof and a tailgate with a large integrated spoiler splitting the windscreen into two parts.

    Under the skin, the Q4 E-Tron uses the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which underpins the Volkswagen ID.3 hatch and ID.4 crossover, as well as the Skoda Enyaq and upcoming Cupra el-Born.

    Single motor rear-wheel drive options available in the ID.4 and Enyaq include 109kW and 125kW motors paired to a 52kWh battery, and a 129kW or 150kW motor with a 77kWh battery.

    A dual-motor all-wheel drive setup with 225kW and a 77kWh battery is also available.

    The Q4 E-Tron will be built in Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in Germany alongside its Volkswagen and Skoda siblings.

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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