According to a new report, Audi’s bringing an A4-size electric sedan to the market in the next four years. To the growing e-tron electric lineup, it will be the latest addition.
Audi announce at Geneva, that there will be (electric) SUVs and low-floor sporty cars such as the e-tron GT, which is our ‘halo’ car. As well there will be an e-tron GT in the [A4- sized] segment. Right now, they working on this.
So, the upcoming model will share a chassis with the larger, A6-size e-tron GT. That’s being developed jointly between Audi and Porsche, it’s the PPE all-electric architecture. Audi is working on one of a handful of new electric platforms. The modified MLB that underpins the e-tron and e-tron Sportback and the MEB VW Group chassis that sits under the Q4 e-tron. The report says, the A4-size electric is due to be introduced in 2023. That will follow the e-tron GT and the Q4 e-tron, with the latter expected to launch in late 2020. year. Sooner than you might think, Audi CEO Bram Schot expects the electric Q4 to sell in significant volumes, catching up with the Q3.
Audi is kicking its electrification plans into high gear with the launch of the E-Tron due to be followed later this year by its more stylish sibling, the E-Tron Sportback, better late than never. In the second half of next year, these two fully electric crossovers will be joined by the Tesla Model S-rivaling E-Tron GT, in the pipeline for a late 2020 launch with a road-going Q4 E-Tron.
Audi will have a total of 12 pure electric models on sale, with an assortment of crossovers, sedans, wagons, and hatchbacks in the offing, by the middle of the next decade. The aforementioned E-Tron GT will be joined by a smaller sedan similar in size with the A4 to go up against the Tesla Model 3, speaking of sedans.
The man behind Ingolstadt’s latest design language confirmed that development of the smaller electric sedan has already started, without going into too many details. The new zero-emissions model will ride on the same PPE platform as the E-Tron GT, which by the way will have approximately the same size as the A6 Sedan, too.
If you’re not familiar with “PPE,” it stands for “Premium Platform Electric” and represents a joint effort between Porsche and Audi. The end of 2021, the first PPE-based models are scheduled to hit the market towards. PPE will be used on a variety of models “covering the high-volume B through D segments, in Audi’s case.
The A4-sized EV is earmarked for a 2023 release, according to the British magazine. It could mean we will see the production version as early as 2022, if that’s correct. It’s that there will be a concept car to preview the real thing, much like it was the case with the E-Tron GT, if history has taught us anything.