The week Audi revealed pricing for its most affordable EV yet, one that’s headed to dealerships later this year. The Q4 e-tron family, based on VW Group’s MEB platform, will start at $44,995 prior to any federal or local incentives when it goes on sale in a matter of weeks, becoming the Ingolstadt-based automaker’s latest addition to its expanding EV lineup.
Just like the Volkswagen ID4, the Q4 40 e-tron will be offered with rear-wheel drive in base form, serving up 201 hp and 229 lb-ft of torque—figures that should be familiar to those who’ve been following the debut of MEB platform cars—and will be able to make the sprint from 0 to 60 in 7.9 seconds. One figure that’s missing for now is the model’s official EPA range, but we expect it to land pretty close to the ID.4’s 260-mile range.
The all-wheel drive Q4 50 e-tron quattro, meanwhile, will dial that output up to 295 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, for a rather modest price premium. The AWD version of the Q4 will start at $50,995 and will offer a range of 241 miles, along with 5.8-second sprints from 0 to 60 mph. Both the Q4 40 e-tron and Q4 50 e-tron quattro will feature 19-inch wheels as standard, along with the 10.25-inch Audi virtual cockpit and the 10.1-inch center infotainment screen. The augmented reality head-up display and matrix headlights will be optional, among other items.
A third version that will be on the menu in a few short weeks will be the Q4 50 e-tron Sportback, offering a more coupe-like profile along with all-wheel drive standard. The Sportback will actually be the roomier flavor of the two, offering 26.1 cubic feet of storage compared to the regular Q4’s 24.8 cubic feet.
“Customers will also enjoy a number of available benefits including a public DC fast-charging plan through Electrify America and available customized in-home charging solutions with an optional concierge customer experience through infrastructure provider Qmerit,” Audi adds. “Additionally, the recently launched Mobile and Valet Service provides an additional layer of customer conveniences. This program includes all factory recommended maintenance, delivered on the customers’ terms without the need to visit a dealership.”
The Q4 e-tron should quickly become Audi’s best-selling EV stateside, we expect. This segment has seen a lot of growth over the past two years, and will see a lot more in the near future. So the Q4 could well be Ingolstadt’s most important EV launch of the first half of the decade.
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