How do we know this is the anticipated Q4 e-tron, then, and not simply another ID.4 test car? Ingolstadt licence plates, an entourage of Audi support vehicles and, according to our spy photographers, a camouflage pattern worn most often by Audi prototypes.
The Q4 e-tron is set to use the MEB platform – an electric vehicle ‘skateboard’ architecture – shared among Volkswagen Auto Group brands Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda, allowing the ID.4’s body to be neatly fitted for testing.
Like its much larger sibling – the Audi e-tron – the Audi Q4 e-tron will make use of an electric motor on each axle, providing all-wheel drive in the vein of Audi’s quattro system (if not identical in concept). The Q4 e-tron is expected to slot into the Audi range between the Q3 and Q5 SUVs.
The Q4 e-tron will output a combined 225kW from these motors by way of an 82kWh battery pack that Audi claims will provide more than 450km of driving range.
According to Audi, the battery can also be fast-charged, replenishing up to 80 per cent of its charge in as little as 30 minutes.
There may also be a Q4 e-tron Sportback on the horizon, as Audi has said there will be at least two more models introduced that utilise the MEB platform.
While unconfirmed, the Q4 e-tron may hit Australian shores as early as 2021, with the larger e-tron and e-tron Sportback 50 and 55 quattro variants all confirmed for local delivery.
CarAdvice has been told that while Audi Australia's current focus is on the e-tron and e-tron Sportback, it is also evaluating how a wide range of full-electric and plug-in hybrid models (including the Q4 e-tron) will be introduced locally.