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2022 Audi Q4 e-tron detailed: New SUV targets Mercedes-Benz EQA, Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric and other EVs

The Q4 e-tron (above) is related to Volkswagen’s ID.4.

Audi has revealed the new Q4 e-tron, an all-electric mid-size SUV that’s available in traditional wagon and style-focused Sportback ‘coupe’ body-styles.

Based on Volkswagen Group’s emerging MEB platform, the Q4 e-tron is available in three variants, with entry-level 35 producing 125kW/310Nm, while the mid-range 40 develops 150kW/310Nm.

Both the 35 and 40 have a rear-mounted electric motor, with the former completing the zero-to-100km/h sprint in 9.0 seconds, while the latter hits triple digits half a second quicker. Their electronically limited top speeds are identical, at 160km/h.

Meanwhile, the flagship 50 adds a front-mounted electric motor to punch out 220kW/460Nm and offer on-demand all-wheel drive. It dashes from a standstill to 100km/h in 6.2s, while its terminal velocity is 180km/h.

The 35 uses a 52kWh battery to provide 341km (wagon) or 349km (Sportback) of driving range (WLTP), while the 40 and 50 have a 77kWh unit and can travel up to 520km and 488km/498km between charges respectively.

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Speaking of which, the 35 can AC charge with up to 7.2kW and DC fast-charge with up to 100kW, while the 40 and 50 up the ante to 11kW and 125kW respectively. That said, regenerative braking (up to 145kW) also charges the battery while on the move.

Only two charging times have been issued thus far, with Audi claiming the 40 and 50 can increase their battery capacity for five to 80 per cent in 38 minutes, while the latter can add back about 130km of driving range in as little as around 10 minutes.

Measuring 4588mm long (with a 2760mm wheelbase), 1865mm wide and 1632mm tall, the wagon’s boot has a cargo capacity of 520L, but it can be increased to 1490L by stowing the 40/20/40 split-fold rear bench. The Sportback’s volumes are 535L and 1460L respectively.

Elsewhere inside, the touchscreen multimedia system is offered in 10.1- and 11.6-inch sizes, while the digital instrument cluster measures 10.25 inches in diameter. An augmented reality (AR) head-up display can also be projected onto the windshield.

Advanced driver-assist systems are numerous, with the highlights including intersection and emergency steering assist as well as safe exit alert.

Speaking to CarsGuide, an Audi Australia spokesperson said the Mercedes-Benz EQA- and Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric-rivalling Q4 e-tron is yet to be confirmed for a local launch, “but we are working this”, so stay tuned.