We just recently learned of the existence of the Audi Q3 Sportback, a coupe-like version of the standard Q3. Don’t get it confused with the Audi e-tron Sportback, which will be an all-electric coupe-like crossover. Instead, the Q3 Sportback will be a sportier, slightly more exciting version of the regular Q3 in the same vein as the Audi Q8. And expect to see it soon.
According to this report from CNET’s Roadshow, the Audi Q3 Sportback will be making its debut this year in fact, debuting late 2019. When it hits the road, it will compete with cars like the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. Though, we expect it to look better than both of those two cars because, well, anything does really.
Much like those cars, though, the Audi Q3 Sportback is designed to bring a sportier edge to the segment. So if customers like their sporty Audis but now need more space, they can get the sportier version of the Q3, rather than going for the full-on mom/dad mobile.
“The Audi Q3 Sportback aims to replicate the success of the Audi Q8 in the full-size class,” Audi said in a recent statement. “With the combination of the everyday qualities of an SUV an the markedly dynamic lines of a Sportback, it will surely attract many additional customer groups to the product line.”
While this splitting of niches seems absurd, the Germans are on to something because both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been doing it for years and it works. Take the BMW X4 for example. It’s barely any sportier to actually drive than the X3 on which it’s based and it’s uglier, yet it sells very well. Same goes for the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Coupe. At least the BMW X2 drives significantly different from its X1 sibling.
We don’t know much else about the Audi Q3 Sportback but we expect it to be virtually the same as the standard car underneath the skin. While it’s possible it’s slightly sharper to drive than the regular Q3, we’re not expecting much. Instead, it should just look better and be a bit more stylish.