The popularity of three-door SUVs has declined and most automakers don’t even bother with this unpractical body style anymore. Yes, you can still buy a Jeep Wrangler, Suzuki Jimny, a Land Rover Defender, and a few others without rear doors, but there used to be a lot more options a couple of decades ago. Independent artist Siim Pärn decided to explore the idea of a new three-door SUV using the Audi E-Tron Sportback as the basis.
The end result is something we wouldn’t mind seeing at a local Audi dealer as the design exercise proposes a sleek coupe-SUV with a nicer greenhouse. It has also been brought closer to the ground to enhance the sporty vibe it’s sending, while the remaining doors have been elongated to facilitate access to the rear seats.
As for the chances of seeing a three-door SUV in Audi’s portfolio, they’re pretty much slim to none. Well, at least for the time being. It would be too much of a niche product and the company has bigger fish to fry for the time being. New EV launches such as the E-Tron GT and the Q4 E-Tron have a far greater significance from a business point of view.
A recent example of why luxury automakers have virtually abandoned this small segment of the market is Land Rover with its newest Evoque. The posh crossover used to be offered in three-door form during the first generation, but the current model comes exclusively with five doors due to the lack of demand. Nevertheless, it’s interesting to see how an already attractive SUV such as the E-Tron Sportback would look with coupe design influences.
To develop a three-door SUV that would have a better shot at luring in buyers, the automaker would have to make more changes beyond getting rid of the rear doors. In the same vein as coupes are usually way better-looking than their sedan counterparts due to the revised roofline and sportier rear end, an SUV sans rear doors would have to adopt a sleeker body. After all, the customer is giving up on the added practicality of having rear doors, so improved styling would have to compensate for that.