Audi has revealed first sketches of its latest electric car, the Audi Q4 e-Tron concept. The Ingolstadt-based automaker will bring the Q4 concept to Geneva Motor Show 2019.
It is not known yet whether the concept is a direct preview of the Q4 or just an early-stage design study. A Q4 prototype has been spotted in camouflage undergoing winter testing. The sketches do provide an insight into Audi’s strategy regarding electric cars.
The Q4 is Audi's third model after e-Tron SUV and GT, scheduled for a 2021 launch.
The Audi Q4 e-Tron will follow the e-Tron SUV and e-Tron GT sports saloon into production. Sketches of the car reveal that it is a compact SUV with a coupe-like design. A wide, edgy grille dominates the front fascia while illuminated e-Tron branding on the front bumper and side sills imparts the car a premium touch.
Audi has ditched door-mounted cameras and interior touchscreens on the Q4 in favour of traditional mirrors. The SUV also gets Audi’s signature Matrix LED lighting technology. The interior shows a cockpit focussed on the driver, with the centre console slightly tilted towards the driving seat. The dashboard draws some inspiration, and a lot of design elements, from the recently-launched Q3.
However, the company has ditched a majority of buttons in favour of touchscreens wherever feasible inside the Q4 e-Tron. The dashboard also shows an illuminated Head-Up Display slot. Considering HUD is getting more and more commonplace on cars nowadays, why would Audi highlight it? Are we going to be treated with a next-generation illuminated windscreen that could display a lot more than turn-by-turn navigation, speed, gear position, and similar small details?
The sketches reveal a cockpit that is modern yet minimalistic in design.
The future is well and truly here, and automakers are racing against each other to bring new technology to market. It won’t be surprising to see Audi debut some truly ground-breaking piece of tech that will have other firms scrambling to emulate for their own range of cars. The Audi Q4 will make it to production sometime in 2021.