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The Audi Q4 e-tron concept will showcase what the German luxury brand's first compact electric SUV will be like when it makes its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show on March 5.
There is little other than three design sketches available at this point in time, but the new Q4 e-tron concept is said to offer "a glimpse of the next stage of Audi electric mobility".
According to Audi's German press site, a production iteration of the electric compact high-rider is "due to be presented as a volume-production vehicle in late 2020/early 2021".
The new Q4 e-tron is set to fill the gap between the soon-to-arrive all-new Q3 and the existing Q5. It isn't yet clear if the production Q4 will be available in electric only, as there have been spy images out of Europe suggesting a sportier-styled 'coupe'-inspired SUV could wear that nameplate.
The styling – from the sketches – clearly follows the same thought processes as the e-tron SUV and e-tron GT five-door liftback concept model that have preceded it. A production model will likely see a similar treatment to the grille, headlights and tail-lights, and it's clear Audi is intending for this new electrified SUV to offer lots of kerb appeal.
Inside the cabin there is set to be expansive touchscreens for media and controls, replacing the buttons seen in the new-gen Q3.
The new model is set to be a sibling to the new VW I.D. hatchback, built on the Volkswagen MEB electric vehicle architecture. VW Group is planning to build 330,000 electric vehicles per year once its Zwickau factory is running at full capacity, and that'll be across Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands.