Audi continues to show bits and pieces of the 2022 Q4 e-tron and, no surprise, its interior is a slick technological showcase. The cabin follows the same minimalist design that first appeared on the current-generation A8 flagship luxury sedan. This iteration uses a simpler layout similar to the one you find in the Audi Q3. That means a big 11.6-inch touch screen and an available digital gauge cluster. There’s a good mix of buttons and touch controls, and a massive storage area in the center console right under the dash.
In addition to the usual bits of tech you expect, the Q4 e-tron gets a slick new head-up display. While it does all the usual things you’d expect, this one also features augmented reality capability. That allows project arrows to where you need to make a turn and additional driver assistance information like the distance between you and the vehicle ahead right in front of you. Audi has also complemented this with improved built-in navigation that alerts you when to turn via the lane departure warning system and marks active vehicles ahead with a colored stripe on the head-up display. The MMI interface also gets a new “Hey Audi” function, similar to what Mercedes-Benz has in its MBUX system, and can get information for you online.
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In typical crossover fashion, the Audi Q4 e-tron has a high seating position and wide opening doors for ease of entry and exit. The rear seats are also raised higher than the front and a flat floor. Cargo capacity, according to Audi, is right on par with the rest of the luxury compact crossover segment at 18.4 cubic feet with all seats up and 52.6 cubic feet with the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats down.
The Q4 e-tron’s interior will feature unique trim and upholstery. In addition to Dinamica, which is a suede-like material composed of 45 percent recycled polyester, Audi will also offer Puls, a textile partially made of recycled bottles. You’ll be able to get the Puls upholstery in combination with artificial leather. Of course, if you want the real stuff, Audi will still offer you two grades of cowhides including fine Nappa leather.
Slotting below the e-tron and e-tron Sportback, the 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron will be the fourth all-electric model following the e-tron GT. This new compact crossover will be on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB architecture, which also underpins the ID.3 and ID.4. Expect the Q4 e-tron to debut later this year.