Audi's newest full-electric car, the Q4 e-tron full-electric SUV, has gone into production at parent Volkswagen Group's EV plant in Zwickau, Germany.
The Q4 e-tron compact model will be Audi's smallest EV and the brand's first electric car targeted at a volume segment.
The EV will be unveiled in the middle of April and launched in Europe in the summer, Audi said in a statement.
The Q4 e-tron is based on parent Volkswagen Group's MEB electric platform. Audi also will sell a coupe-styled version called the Q4 Sportback e-tron, which will be unveiled alongside its sibling.
The Q4 Sportback e-tron will go on sale in the autumn.
Both models will have an 82-kilowatt-hour battery pack and two electric motors for a combined output of 302 hp and a range of 450 km (280 miles).
Audi has previously touted the Q4 e-tron's roominess, including trunk space of 520 liters. The car has a length of 4590 mm (195 inches), almost the same as its MEB sibling, the VW ID4. The Q4 Sportback e-tron is 10 mm longer than the Q4 e-tron and 10 mm lower.
Audi first showed the Q4 e-tron as a concept in 2019 and the design of the production car is not expected to be much different. The concept was characterized by a prominent grille, big wheels and defined wheel arches that gives the body a more sculptured look than the related ID4 SUV.
The Q4 e-tron is the first non-VW brand electric car to go into production at the Zwickau plant and it is being built on the same line as the ID4. The Q4 Sportback e-tron will also be built at the plant.
The factory also produces the ID3 and later this year will start production of the Cupra Born compact EV, which also uses the MEB platform.
"The cross-brand collaboration in Zwickau demonstrates once again the enormous synergy potential that we enjoy with the Volkswagen Group." Audi's production head, Peter Koessler, said in the statement.
Audi said it had supplied press tools for making the Q4 e-tron's body parts from its own toolmaking shop.
"With its expressive design, the Audi Q4 e-tron poses enormous challenges when it comes to precision and surface perfection," Audi said. The brand supplied 100 of its own staff to help with production preparation at Zwickau.
Zwickau was established as the home of the MEB platform with the start of production of the VW ID3 in late 2019. VW will add production of the ID5, a coupe-styled version of the ID4, in the fourth quarter.
By 2025, Audi plans to launch more than 20 full-electric models.
"The Q4 e-tron is our entry-level offering into the electric world of Audi," CEO Markus Duesmann said during the automaker's annual press conference on March 23.