Audi is pushing the envelope in electric vehicle innovation as it updates its Q4 e-tron family for the 2024 model year. The revisions include a retuned suspension, increased efficiency, a distinct acoustic identity, and enhanced standard features. Audi’s Q4 e-tron models have played a pivotal role in the automaker’s impressive 51.2 percent growth in EV deliveries during the first half of 2023. The updated models will be available for order starting September 26, with prices starting at €52,950.
Key improvements include a larger 77 kWh net energy (82 kWh gross) battery and optimized cell chemistry, resulting in faster DC charging times, with a 10-80 percent charge in around 28 minutes under ideal conditions. The quattro models can now achieve a maximum DC charging power of 175 kW, while rear-wheel drive models top out at 135 kW.
The 2024 Q4 e-tron models feature a revamped permanently excited synchronous machine (PSM) on the rear axle, increasing efficiency and power. The Audi Q4 Sportback 45 e-tron, for example, boasts a range of up to 562 kilometers (349 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
The suspension has been finely tuned to deliver a balanced combination of comfort, driving enjoyment, and stability. Steering characteristics and damper tuning have been adapted, enhancing damping, steering response, and load control.
Additionally, Audi now offers assisted lane changes, available in conjunction with adaptive cruise assist for highway speeds above 90 km/h (56 mph). The system uses visual cues to guide lane changes and actively assists the driver in steering during the maneuver.
Standard equipment now includes Audi MMI navigation plus, Audi connect Navigation & Infotainment, and a fully digital 10.25-inch instrument panel Audi virtual cockpit. Other standard features comprise an electrically operated luggage compartment lid and heated front seats.
Audi has also introduced the Edition S line, offering unique styling elements and 21-inch wheels.
Perhaps the most unique update is the addition of a distinct “character sound” to the Q4 e-tron models, providing an audible identity at low speeds to enhance road safety. This digitally generated driving sound is emitted through exterior and interior speakers.
Audi plans to produce the Q4 e-tron series in its Brussels plant alongside the Zwickau facility to meet the strong demand. The company is progressively transitioning its manufacturing sites to produce electric models, with a goal of achieving net carbon-neutral production by 2025.