US Models Coming in 2nd Half of Year
Audi has declared noteworthy modifications to the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback for 2024, including much-needed modernizations in energy, estrangement, battery and scientific capability. Primarily accessible in Europe later on this autumn, American models should land late 2024.
The most sensational development is an upgrade in vigor owing to a fresh, fixed-magnet synchronous engine on the posterior axle. To replace the existing rear motors on the Q4 40 and the Q4 50 e-tron models, muscle has been boosted up to 282 hp and 335 hp respectively. This implies that the RWD models now essentially generate as much power as the Quattro models which presented 295hp at present. Consequently, all Q4 e-tron models now possess a supreme velocity of 112 mph.
Thanks to the huge rise in firepower, all iterations of the Audi have experienced a drastic upgrade in speed. According to Audi, the Q4 40 model has now earned an 81 hp jump; permitting it to reach a 0 to 62 mph speed of just 6.7 seconds. It shows a noteworthy difference from the previously registered 7.9 seconds of 0-60 mph. Moreover, the Q4 50 models can accomplish a 0-62 mph in only 5.4 seconds due to their 40 hp boost.
The recently-unveiled engine is highly fuel-efficient, further extending the range. Audi have yet to disclose exact information regarding all models; however they have declared that the Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron manages 349 miles through the WLTP cycle. It’s very probable that it would yield a range of somewhere between 300 and 310 miles as per EPA, which is a considerable improvement on the existing one with its 265 miles. The Quattro edition should be even better, potentially achieving a span of between 280 and 290 miles – a decent increase from the current 236 miles.
Despite having the 82 kWh battery still in place, Audi has reported that the net capacity is closer to 77 kWh. Nevertheless, with new enhanced cell chemistry, they were able to enhance the charging speeds from 10-80% in a mere 28 minutes as opposed to the earlier 36 minutes interval. Furthermore, Quattro models have an impressive maximum DC charging power of 175 kW instead of the previous cap of 150 kW. In contrast, rear-wheel drive (RWD) models remain at the same ceiling of 150 kW.
Software functionality these days gives you the opportunity to restrict charges up to 80% in order to prolong the lifetime of your battery pack. By exploiting onboard GPS, you can prearrange trips to speedy charging locations, helping the battery warm up beforehand so that there’ll be less of a wait upon arrival. Even better, the current editions also incorporate post conditioning, allowing the thermal management system to cool down the battery after an extended/energetic drive causes a great deal of heat.
Audi has fine-tuned the suspension on these models so as to promote harmony, convenience, gratification and solidity – but that’s something we will be in a better position to assess once we get to drive one. Assisting lane adjustments and dynamic cruise control are now able to be used in tandem while travelling at a speed faster than 56 mph along main roads. Audi has not disclosed a set speed limit for this feature, so customers of the fresh models should be able to use it almost up to or even on par with the maximum velocity to have their car shift lanes automatically.
Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus, Audi Connect Navigation and Infotainment, alongside a completely electronic 10.25-inch instrument panel with virtual cockpit from Audi, have now become requisite technology while power liftgates and heated seats are also a regularity. In addition, an all-new Edition S line brings dark touches and bronze hues.
Finally, the vehicle now features a new “character sound” emitted through two exterior speakers and two interior speakers. Audi states that the dynamic sound varies depending on the car’s speed and acceleration, and is “unmistakable” (hopefully that means it’s more unique than Porsche). The sound can be switched off whenever desired, and won’t interfere with the infotainment system in any way. However, the legally required Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System will remain active at all times.
Beginning on the twenty-sixth of September, customers in Europe will have access to purchase the innovative models for a starting price point of 52,950 euros ($56,454 converted to current exchange rates). Although the 2023 Q4 e-tron has a charge tag of $49,800, we anticipate an increment of a few thousand dollars to consider the express improvements of the upcoming 2024 model.