2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron: The Compact Audi EV Will Start at Just $44,995

Audi has announced pricing, equipment and range information for its all-electric U.S. version for VW, and the Q4 E-Tron series will be launched later this year. 

The compact Audi EV starts at $44,995, including a mandatory destination fee of $1,095. This is for single-motor rear-wheel drive versions with the Q4 40 E-Tron logo. The Q4 50 E-Tron will receive dual-motor all-wheel drive, starting at $50,995, while the Q4 Sportback 50 E-Tron will get the same propulsion system but with a more sporty Sportback profile. 

It is neither Audi's fastest acceleration nor fastest charging, but its move in affordable electric luxury cars makes it the German brand's most important electric car to date. It will offer Audi's longest electric car range to date. The dual-motor Q4 50 E-Tron version already has Audi's range - the EPA cycle is estimated at 241 miles and the city/high/comprehensive rating is 100/89/81 MPGe. The Q4 40 E-Tron is still likely to land nearly 250 miles. Audi also confirmed production and performance data for three versions. 

The Q40 E-Tron is rated at 201 hp and 229 lb-ft, while the Q4 50 models are rated at 295 hp and 339 lb-ft, with an acceleration time of 0-60 mph, respectively 7.9 seconds and 5.8 seconds. Thanks to the Q4 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron Sportback versions (with more upright or tilted rear roof lines, respectively), the Q4 Series is expected to arrive in the United States later this year. Slightly smaller than the best-selling Q5 series - once you take into account the $7,500 federal electric car tax credit and other incentives, which are expected to be priced in line with Audi's petrol cars - the Q4 is likely to be the brand's best-selling electric car once production increases. 

The E-Tron model for Q4 2022 is Audi's first car based on the Volkswagen MEB platform and is suitable for cousins of Volkswagen ID.4. Specifications for the U.S. version of the Q4 E-Tron have not yet been confirmed, but three versions will be available in Europe, with dual-motor quattro models up to 295 horsepower, 150 kW permanent magnet motor at the back and an 80 kW asynchronous motor in front. 

U.S. range and specifications are still to be determined.

An 82 kWh battery pack will allow approximately 77 kWh to be available. In Europe, Audi plans to offer so-called "compact batteries" - a total of just 55 kWh and a 52 kWh available. Heat pump technology will be available. The dual-motor version accelerates to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds, audi says the single-motor version can tow up to 2,200 pounds, and the dual-motor version can tow up to 2,640 pounds. 

At a maximum of 125 kWh and on 150 kW CCS DC fast charging hardware, it can achieve approximately 81 miles of range in 10 minutes - also according to WLTP standards. Battery packs, motors and power electronics are cooled by two circuits, which the company says are designed for repeating DC fast charging. Models with larger batteries can also charge AC in the home at speeds of up to 11 kW. 

Flow - Design and aerodynamics. 

As revealed, the Q4 looks a lot like it looks when shown as a concept car - it debuted as an SUV in March 2019 and as a Sportback in July 2020. The octagonal single-frame grille, in contrast to the color of the Audi petrol model, identifies it as an electric vehicle, with a steep front post smoothly transitioning to the roof line. Overall, Audi points out, their design is "softer and smoother" than petrol models, and our eyes remain on the well-defined body shape above the front and rear wheels.