Audi’s New Q4 Crossover EV Concept Has Special Paint That Keeps The Cabin Cool

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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By 2025, Audi will have 12 all-electric models on sale around the globe. The German automaker estimates these EV will comprise one third of its annual sales.

In order to hit that lofty target, Audi will have to march to a steady drumbeat of EV reveals. It has already revealed four EV models—called ‘e-tron.’ This week at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi revealed a concept car that hints at the fifth e-tron: the Q4 e-tron.

Show Stand To Showroom Floor

Although the Q4 e-tron is labeled a concept, it looks relatively ready for production. With this segment being so popular, it’s likely we will be seeing a production version of this ev sooner rather than later.

 

Unsurprisingly, it’s called the Q4 e-tron concept, like the Audi e-tron GT before it, this concept likely shows a near-as-makes-no-difference look at the Q4 e-tron you’ll be able to find in Audi showrooms next year.

The Q4 e-tron concept is powered by an 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack that sends electricity to two onboard electric motors that turn both the front and rear wheels. Although this car has Audi’s signature quattro all-wheel drive system, this vehicle’s power is delivered first to the rear wheels. This gives it a sportier driving characteristic.

Electro Quattro

It just wouldn’t be an Audi if it didn’t offer all wheel drive. The Q4 e-tron Concept uses motors mounted front and rear to power both axles.

 

On a full charge, the Q4 e-tron is capable of driving for 279 miles. And an 80-percent recharge can be achieved in just 30 minutes. 0-62 miles per hour takes just 6.3 seconds. And the Q4 e-tron can hit a top speed of 111 miles per hour.

These are all fairly standard specs for a modern luxury EV. What’s perhaps most intriguing about this concept is its paint. It’s called “Solar Sky.” The shade of the blue paint appears different depending on the angle. That’s not very revolutionary, however.

Solar Sky paint was developed specifically for the Audi Q4 e-tron concept. It effectively reflects a short-wave fraction of sunlight, near the infrared spectrum. This reduces the build-up of heat on the surface, thereby keeping the interior cooler. Not only does this reduction of solar heat buildup keep occupants more comfortable, it reduces the energy required to cool the cabin.

“This, in turn,” as Audi puts it, “improves the range and the global carbon footprint of the Q4 e-tron concept.”

Audi has been at the head of the pack for car interior design for most of the last two decades, if this is any indication, it will stay there.

 

And what a stunning interior that Solar Sky paint is keeping cool. In front of the driver is Audi’s virtual cockpit screen. A large head-up display (HUD) with augmented reality functions is projected on the windshield. And a 12.3-inch touchscreen has been placed in the center console.

Unlike a lot of the concepts we’ve seen from the Geneva Motor Show this week, this Q4 e-tron is perhaps the most compelling. That’s because it’s far less than a blue-sky concept not necessarily grounded by reality. Instead, the Q4 e-tron looks like it’s ready for showrooms. And that’s a promising thing.

With the debut of this concept, Audi also divulged it will be revealing an e-tron Sportback model later this year followed by a Q2 L e-tron slated for the Chinese market. So, clearly, Audi isn’t just giving lip service to EVs. It’s putting production cars on the pavement at a rapid pace.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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