The terms “crossover” and “coupe” should never be used in the same sentence, but the marketing departments of many automakers have the tendency to join these two contradicting terms. Relevant examples include the BMW X4 and X6, Audi Q3 Sportback and Q8, not to mention the Mercedes GLC and GLE which actually have “coupe” in their names.
The latest example comes from the Four Rings and its Q4 Sportback E-Tron introduced earlier this week. It’s an electric SUV billed as being a “coupe” take on last year’s conventional shaped Q4 E-Tron. Both are concepts for the time being, but the regular model will be unveiled in production guise in the following months while the not-a-coupe derivative will be out in 2021.
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In an attempt to make some sense out of the crossover-coupe contraption, independent artist spdesignsest has shared with us his vision of a more coupe-like Q4 E-Tron. He took the Sportback version and got rid of the rear doors while elongating the remaining ones. A simple and quick Photoshop process that arguably has a positive effect on the vehicle’s side profile.
As much as we like it, the prospects of a three-door SUV are slim. Save for actual coupes, demand for three-door cars has greatly decreased in recent years. It’s the reason why Audi won’t sell the new A3 sans rear doors, and also a partial explanation for the TT’s declining sales.
See other renderings from the same artist:
A more eloquent example is in the SUV genre where the Range Rover Evoque lost its three-door body style with the latest generation. In other words, we wouldn’t hold our breath for an Audi SUV with three doors. Nevertheless, the adjacent rendering shows what might have been if practicality didn’t rank high on the list of priorities for SUV customers. But it does and it’s one of the main reasons the segment has exploded in recent years to the detriment of sedans and minivans.
Removing the rear doors would defeat the purpose of even buying an SUV, although we’d argue it would make this jacked-up body style more visually appealing.