First sketches of electric SUV concept preview upcoming Q4 and next-generation electric Audis.
by Tom Morgan
13 February 2019
Audi has revealed the first sketches of its Q4 e-tron concept ahead of the car’s debut at next month’s Geneva motor show.
It isn’t yet clear if this concept is a direct preview of the Q4, which is due to launch later this year and has already been spotted in camouflage undergoing winter testing. However, it does provide an insight into the next generation of electric Audis following the E-tron SUV and E-tron GT sports saloon.
The sketches reveal a compact SUV with coupé-like styling, an expansive front grille and illuminated e-tron branding on the front bumper and side sills.
It seems to have traditional door mirrors, instead of the digital cameras and interior touchscreens offered on the E-tron SUV. Audi’s Matrix LED headlights also appear to feature.
An interior sketch shows a driver-focused dashboard that borrows elements from the recently launched new Q3, with buttons largely removed in favour of touch-sensitive screens and panels.
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The Q4 e-tron is expected to make production in early 2021, a year after the standard Q4 is due on sale.
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What are we supposed to learn
14 February 2019
What are we supposed to learn from these sketches? That the production car will have a roofline more compressed than the Evoque 3-dr, the Scirocco or the Volvo 262C?
Don’t understand why car designers should want to make drawings of concept cars with grossly exaggerated proportions and features except as an attention-seeking gesture (to the concept or to the designer himself/herself I have no idea). The unfortunate result is that production cars tend to keep watered-down versions of myriad articulation lines that make the real car a visual mess.
Audi under its present design director Marc Lichte has lost all sense of restrained good taste that used to be the marque’s strength.