The Q4 is to Audi what the X4 is to BMW

Audi’s SUV barrage just does not seem to be ending. After introducing its flagship SUV, the Q8, and the fully-electric SUV e-tron, Audi is now preparing to include the Q4 in its range. The automaker says that it will stand out from the other ‘Q’ SUVs, but we are not sure how.

Audi Seems Confident To Impress The Customers

The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts Exclusive Renderings
- image 548156

The Q4 has older siblings in the lineup - the Q5, Q7 and Q8 – so, we have our concerns as to how it can be any different, especially after seeing the “stark differences” between the BMW X3 and X4. Forget about BMW, Audi itself does not differentiate much between its SUVs. To quash these assumptions, Andreas Mindt, Audi’s head of designs told Autocar, “a bit more than a coupe version of the Q3, to my eyes a lot more”.

He also said that the Q4’s design has been finalized, and this coupe-SUV will have a distinct identity when compared to the other SUVs in Audi’s portfolio.

The form-over-function trend that is seen on many SUVs these days will be seen on the Q4, What is it, you ask? It is the sloping roofline that eats into the headroom and the cargo room.

Same, Yet Different

The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts High Resolution Exterior
- image 550406
Back in 2014, Audi showed the TT Off-road concept, which had a Coupe-SUV design.

Perhaps, Audi has based the Q4 on the same idea. Autocar has imagined the Q4, and from those pictures, it definitely looks like the Q4 has borrowed design cues from the TT offroad concept. The Q4 will be built alongside the Q3 in the automaker’s Győr factory in Hungary. It will share its underpinning with the Q3 but is expected to be longer and wider.

Will Be Offered With Multiple Engine Options

The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts Exterior Drawings
- image 548057

The Q4 will be offered with updated 1.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol and diesel mills, new versions of the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, petrol and diesel engines, as well as an all-new 2.5-liter, five-cylinder petrol mill that will produce up to 400 horses in the top-of-the-line RS Q4 model.

Not just this, but the Coupe-SUV will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid with an electric-only range of up to 31 miles.

That model will wear an e-Tron badge and is meant to cater to the Chinese market.

Wonder Where We Have Seen These Features Before...

2019 Audi E-tron Quattro
- image 795787
On the inside, we can expect the Q4 to be a tech-savvy car, although most of these are borrowed features, and there’s nothing new about them.

These include gesture control functions, full-HD instrument displays, inductive smartphone charging, the latest connectivity features, and a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.

Final Thoughts

The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts Exterior Drawings
- image 548056

The Q4 will be unveiled sometime next year. The U.S. markets has yet to receive the second-gen Q3, so the Q4 could hit the markets after that. As for the pricing, we speculate it to start around the $40,000 mark. So you think the Q4 will stand out as claimed by the German automaker? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Further reading

The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts Exclusive Renderings
- image 548154

Read our speculative review on the 2020 Audi Q4.

The Audi Q4 Will Supposedly Stand Out from the Lineup, But We Have Our Doubts Exterior AutoShow
- image 550411

Read our full review on the 2014 Audi TT Offroad Concept.

Source: Autocar

What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: