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Audi unveils new electric compact SUV in Geneva

Audi unveils new electric compact SUV in Geneva


Audi has a robust plan to pack its range with all-electric vehicles and the latest Q4 e-tron has now been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.

This compact SUV with four seats is smaller than the currently available e-tron model but claims leading interior space for its class and can travel up 279 miles on one charge.

interior of new Audi electric suv

This will be the fifth model to join the all-electric Audi line-up when its begins production in 2020, at the same time as the recently announced e-tron GT.

The Q4 e-tron will be kitted out with two electric motors producing a total of 302bhp of power, allowing it to reach 60mph in 6.1 seconds and go on to an electronically limited top speed of 111mph.

The majority of the time, the Q4 e-tron’s drive will come from the rear electric motor to improve efficiency and reduce the strain on its battery reserves. The rear motor alone has an output of 201bhp and 310Nm of torque, while the front has 101bhp of power and 150Nm.

Audi has also confirmed that the battery is capable of charging with a maximum of 125kW, meaning it can reach 80 per cent in around 30 minutes.

rear of new audi electric suv

Although there are some design features hinting that this creation is not quite production ready, such as the stylised lights and alloy wheels, the overall fit and finish of the car gives a clear indication of what buyers will get next year.

The design inside the car uses a mixture of light and dark textiles to create a bright and airy space, while the consoles and screen have been designed around the driver. The Q4 e-tron gets the virtual cockpit screen featured in existing Audis but it will also be the first to get a head-up display with augmented reality functionality.