The Audi Q4 e-Tron is being a resounding success. Although this is good news for the firm with the four rings, the truth is that the high demand and problems in the supply of microchips have led to the waiting list for the model reaching up to a year and a half, which can be a significant handicap for many clients.
Until now, the Q4 e-Tron and its “coupé” version Q4 Sportback e-Tron were manufactured at the Zwickau (Germany) plant, where the CUPRA Born and Volkswagen ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 are also assembled. . The factory is currently operating at maximum capacity, and despite this, delivery times for models such as the ID.3 already reach one year.
For this reason, Audi has decided to adapt its plant in Brussels (Belgium) to accommodate the production of the Q4 e-Tron in an attempt to ease the waiting list. Our protagonist will share facilities with the renewed Q8 e-Tron, which also leaves the lines of this factory.
Even though the start of production has been postponed by a month compared to initial estimates, it should start before the end of 2022. Zwickau will be in charge of supplying the necessary batteries to the Belgian plant. It is interesting to note that, for the time being at least, the Q4 Sportback e-Tron will continue to be assembled exclusively in Germany.
Audi also manufactures the Q8 e-tron in Belgium
The Q4 e-tron range is made up of two versions: 40 e-tron and 50 e-tron quattro . Although before it also had an access variant called 35 e-Tron, today it is not available in our market, because due to problems in the supply of components, Audi has probably decided to give priority to the most expensive models and profitable.
The Q4 40 e-Tron has a power of 204 CV (150 kW) and completes the 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds. Its 77 kWh capacity batteries allow it to approve a maximum range of 519 km WLTP (530 km WLTP in the Sportback). The Q4 50 e-Tron Quattro adds a second motor on the front axle, so, as its name suggests, it has all-wheel drive.
In this case, its propellant unit produces 299 hp (220 kW) and 460 Nm, announcing a 0-100 km/h of just 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h. Although the pack is still 77 kWh, its higher consumption reduces the range to 503 km WLTP (512 km WLTP in the Sportback). In terms of charging, both reach 135 kW (5-80% in 29 minutes for the 40 e-Tron and 36 minutes for the 50 e-Tron Quattro).