With its impressive investment in the nascent EV revolution—the conviction of a 37 billion euro commitment for the next four years speaks volumes—seeing another concept vehicle from Audi’s e-Tron division is expected. The marque has pledged to have 30 electrics in the bag by the time the five year mark of the new decade rolls around.
The EV in question is a mid-range performance crossover variant, which makes sense; it’s a Sportback model, which is also to be expected, as the body style is a hit. And extremely diversified Audi needs an EV hit, and a whole lot sooner rather than later. Its base sticker is 40K euros, upper $40Ks right now, smack dab in the pricing bullseye.
The model is a variation on the Q4 e-tron, which was revealed in concept version at last year’s Geneva Auto Show. The e-tron SUV was the first to appear; it was presented in concept version at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show, with a Sportback version following two years later in Shanghai. Both cars will be available to purchase in the United States as of this summer.
The Q4 e-tron is scheduled to land in dealerships next year; production is set to launch toward the end of the year. The Sportback will of course received the same tech as the Q4 e-tron, with an 82 kWh battery pack that can put 275 miles on the odometer between charges, as well as a two-motor design.