Audi showed its electric SUV at the Geneva Motor Show last week, and at the time, we were told the car was technically a concept. As it turns out, the show car was closer to production-spec than we thought.
During an event at Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Wednesday, company executives showed members of the media the Q4 E-Tron that will go into production in 2020, likely arriving in the US in 2021. The only major difference between the final design and the concept car? The road-going version will have a real set of door handles.
Marc Lichte, Audi's head of design, said the company wants to move away from showing overstyled, far-out concepts that don't correctly preview upcoming production models.
Lichte also confirmed that the Q4 E-Tron show car's Digital Signature Lights -- the reconfigurable LED running lights -- will carry over to production. But unlike the blocky checker pattern of the concept car, the production version will use two rows of thin, vertical strips, with a solid LED light running horizontally between them. It's hard to tell, but the Q4's low- and high-beam headlights are actually housed below the LED light cluster.
What's more, Lichte confirmed the production Q4 will have Audi's new augmented reality head-up display, which can project things like turn-by-turn direction arrows far out into the driver's field of view. Mercedes-Benz, for example, currently incorporates this sort of AR tech in its , but Audi will actually be able to project it onto the windshield.
The Q4 E-Tron will ride on the Volkswagen Group's flexible MEB electric vehicle architecture. It'll be slightly longer than acrossover, but should have levels of interior space, according to an Audi representative.
Audi said the Q4 E-Tron concept had an 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack onboard, good for an estimated range of around 280 miles on the European WLTP test cycle. At Wednesday's event, however, Lichte quoted a range of roughly 500 kilometers, or 310 miles. Of course, that number will drop slightly under the US EPA testing regimen.
The Q4 E-Tron should arrive around the same time as Audi's new, the latter based on the MLB Evo architecture shared with the . The Q4 E-Tron is one of 30 new electrified models that Audi plans to launch by 2025.