Audi e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback revealed

Marco Green
July 7, 2020

The revised body shape should pay dividends in terms of aerodynamics as we're expecting the Sportback to have a slightly lower drag coefficient than the conventionally styled electric Q4.

The battery-electric compact crossover SUV was previewed as a concept last August, and judging by our latest spy shots the production version will closely mirror the striking show vehicle.

The photos of the Audi e-tron were snapped at Audi's head office in Sydney, alongside the ABB DC fast charger installed there in preparation for the e-tron's arrival as revealed by The Driven in April.

Audi will officially be taking the veils off the Q4 Sportback e-tron concept tomorrow, a new model that will supplement the Q4 e-tron that made its debut in March past year. Both vehicles are based on Volkswagen Group's MEB platform for high-volume electric cars. The new Q4 Sportback e-tron will very likely share the same powertrain. The platform features a battery in the floor and the ability to house motors at each axle.

Audi is also likely to develop a spicier Q4 E-Tron S with even more oomph.

It sits above the "entry-level" e-tron 50 quattro which will sell from $137,700, offering 300km driving range from its 71kWh battery and 230kw maximum power output.

Technical details of the new electric model are yet to be revealed, but we can glean some information about the production auto from last year's Q4 E-tron concept. Last year's concept had 125-kW charging capabilities, going from 0 to 80 percent in a little over half an hour.

For the exterior, there are subtle elements that point out we're looking at an electric vehicle. The automaker's design chief has hinted that customers may be able to choose their own pattern for the daytime running lights.

In all likelihood, the interior will mimic the looks of the facelifted Q5, with a freestanding infotainment system and Audi's virtual cockpit digital gauges next to it. Smartphone interface will be offered as standard while to better draw the imaginary line between the two, the company could launch it with different trims.

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