Audi Australia unveiled the highly anticipated 2024 Audi Q4 e-tron this week, marking a significant milestone for the luxury car brand in the electric vehicle (EV) market. Priced from $88,300 plus on-road costs, the Q4 45 e-tron is expected to create waves in the mid-size premium electric SUV segment.
Featuring a sleek design and advanced technology, the Q4 e-tron will be available in four model grades, including single-motor, rear-wheel drive ’45’ models and dual-motor all-wheel drive ’55’ variants. Customers can choose between the traditional SUV or the coupe-like Sportback body styles. The range-topping Audi Q4 Sportback 55 e-tron quattro is priced at $109,500 plus on-road costs.
With pricing strategically set just below the luxury car tax threshold for fuel-efficient vehicles, the Q4 e-tron is competitively positioned against rivals like the BMW iX3. Audi aims to capture the attention of luxury car buyers who are increasingly interested in EVs.
Although Audi Australia has disclosed powertrain details and some standard features, information regarding driving range and recharging times is yet to be revealed. However, overseas models have an estimated range of approximately 530km, making it a reliable option for daily commuting and longer journeys.
Based on the MEB platform architecture, shared with other mid-size EVs from the Volkswagen Group, the Q4 e-tron offers a 77kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The entry-level 45 e-tron models feature a single rear-mounted electric motor with 210kW of power and 545Nm of torque, achieving a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 6.7 seconds. Standard features include leather-appointed seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and the latest digital instrument cluster.
For those seeking more power and acceleration, the up-spec 55 e-tron models come with dual e-motors delivering 250kW of power and 679Nm of torque. Additional equipment includes Matrix LED headlights, S line sports body kit, and an upgraded virtual cockpit.
Audi Australia has high hopes for the success of the Q4 e-tron in the Australian market. The brand acknowledges the growing demand for EVs and the need to offer more affordable options in the luxury segment. By positioning the Q4 e-tron below the luxury car tax threshold, Audi aims to attract customers who have been eagerly awaiting a sub-$100,000 EV from the brand.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Q: What is the starting price of the Audi Q4 e-tron in Australia?
A: The starting price of the Audi Q4 e-tron in Australia is $88,300 plus on-road costs.
Q: What are the available body styles for the Audi Q4 e-tron?
A: The Audi Q4 e-tron is available in both SUV and coupe-like Sportback body styles.
Q: What is the driving range of the Audi Q4 e-tron?
A: The driving range of the Audi Q4 e-tron has not been officially disclosed for the Australian market yet, but overseas models have an estimated range of around 530km.
Q: What are the power and acceleration capabilities of the Audi Q4 e-tron?
A: The entry-level 45 e-tron models have a single rear-mounted electric motor with 210kW of power and 545Nm of torque, achieving a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 6.7 seconds. The up-spec 55 e-tron models have dual e-motors delivering 250kW of power and 679Nm of torque, with a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 5.4 seconds.
Q: Why did it take Audi a while to introduce the Q4 e-tron in Australia?
A: The delayed arrival of the Audi Q4 e-tron in Australia is attributed to increasing global demand for EVs and a lack of local CO2 emissions regulations. However, Audi is now eager to enter the mid-size luxury EV market segment.