Awhile back, we talked a bit about the idea of Audi developing a convertible SUV. It’s not something we want to happen but it seems to be a trend in the industry so it’s not outside the realm of possibility. There was a Cross Cabriolet Quattro Concept way back in 2007 but that, thankfully, never became a reality. However, it seems as if such a car may actually become real quite soon, or at least someone is thinking about it.
According to Fourtitude, new patent drawings has surface that’s supposedly been filed by Audi for a new type of folding roof mechanism for an SUV. These patent drawings are incredibly rudimentary and don’t actually mention Audi in any of them, so we’re still a bit skeptical. However, it’s said that Audi does have some notes in the patent application as well, saying: “Due to the presence of the side pillars and the rear pillars in the closed state of the roof [up], a motor vehicle is provided which has a far greater transport capacity than known convertible vehicles,”
These patent drawings are interesting, though. It seems to feature a four-door SUV, rather than the typical two-door convertible SUV like the Range Rover Evoque and Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet (aka the most hateful, loathsome vehicle made in the past two decades). But it also has two folding roof sections, allowing a massive roof to fold into the rear of the vehicle, which would turn the normal SUV trunk into a normal car trunk. It actually looks quite clever if it would work.
If Audi were to build such a thing, and we hope that it doesn’t, it would likely be on the new Audi Q8. It’s the right size and the right shape for such a car, as its rear roof isn’t massive, like on a traditional SUV. It also has the right styling to be a convertible. Although, it could be the Audi Q2 as well. Nothing is official and these are just rudimentary, rumored patent drawings. Stay tuned.