A shadowy teaser for the upcoming new Audi Q4 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback electric SUVs has been released today, following confirmation last month that production has already begun.
The big debut for both mid-sized EVs is set to occur at 3:00AM on April 15 (7:00PM April 14 in Germany).
The electric Q4 models will join the existing E-Tron SUV (which sits between a Q5 and Q7 in size, yet gets no 'Q' name of its own) and the recently revealed E-Tron GT electric sedan.
The E-Tron is already on sale in Australia and you can read our coverage here, while the E-Tron GT will make its way to Australia by October. Handily, we've already driven it and you can read our review here.
Check in with WhichCar next week for all the details on the new Q4 E-Tron models, including details on Australian launch timing.
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March 23, 2021: Audi has announced its first fully-electric SUV, the Q4 E-Tron, has entered production at Volkswagen Group’s multi-brand production facility in Zwickau.
Based on Volkswagen’s MEB modular electric car platform, which is shared with other brands under the VW umbrella such as Skoda and SEAT, the Q4 E-Tron is an important car for the automaker.
Audi also claims that, thanks to the ground-up development of the MEB platform to support EV-only drivetrains, the interior space of its Q4 E-Tron is comparable to a full-sized SUV.
The electric SUV will be built alongside the VW ID.4 in Zwickau, with 1400 assembly line workers from Volkswagen Saxony and 100 Audi employees responsible for production.
Interestingly, although it’s being built in Zwickau, such is the complexity of the Q4 E-Tron's design, that the press tools needed to make the intricate body panels had to be brought in from Audi’s own toolmaking shop.
Audi toolmakers from Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm were also involved in the Q4 E-Tron project from the beginning of its development, to iron out any creases that may occur at Zwickau.
“The cross-brand collaboration in Zwickau demonstrates once again the enormous synergy potential that we enjoy with the Volkswagen Group,” Peter Kössler, AUDI AG board member for production and logistics, said.
“The on-schedule start of production of the Audi Q4 E-Tron is testament to the outstanding teamwork – among the Volkswagen and Audi colleagues alike.
“Our compact electric SUV is unmistakably a true Audi that will wow our customers with its outstanding quality and everyday usability.”
Dr Stefan Loth, Chairman of the executive management of Volkswagen Saxony, echoed Kössler’s sentiments.
“With the start of production of the Audi Q4 E-Tron, the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau is now a multi-brand plant,” Loth said.
“As a result, we are writing yet another chapter in the long history of the automotive industry here in Saxony.
“I’d like to thank all the Audi employees who are currently manufacturing the vehicles to the very highest quality, in the agreed-upon volume, and on schedule.”
The Audi Q4 E-Tron will be unveiled globally in April and will be launched across Europe in the following months.
The compact SUV is just the tip of the German manufacturer’s EV iceberg, with plans for no less than 20 fully electric models to be launched by 2025.
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