We actually just officially learned of the Audi Q4’s existence, or impending existence, last week. Now, we’re seeing that Audi seems to be testing a very early pre-production model on the road. Though, if this is indeed an Audi Q4, it’s such an early test mule that its body work isn’t even finished yet. Hence why it’s covered in a black tarp in these spy photos. (We don’t own the photos but they can be seen here)
In these photos, we see some sort of small Audi crossover under a black car cover. To be honest, it’s hard to tell that it’s even an Audi, as there’s barely any actual car showing through. Though, we can see the side mirrors, which are very clearly Audi mirrors. It’s thought to be an Audi Q4 because of its size and body shape.
According to Auto Bild, it’s actually an Audi Q3 Sportback but after hearing Andreas Mindt talk to Autocar, it seems as if this is actually the upcoming Audi Q4. Mindt claimed that the Q4 will be very different than just a coupe-like Q3 and its existence would seem to make a Q3 Sportback too superfluous to sell. Plus, this car has a very distinct roofline and rear deck.
In the top photo from Motor1, we can clearly see the roofline taper down toward the rear of the car and its aggressive C-pillar and rear window. Those make it look very different from an Audi Q3, so this seems like it’s an entirely new model. While the front end and overall shape from the B-pillar forward might not look that different than the Q3, this is likely such an early production model that the body isn’t finished yet.
The Audi Q4 will be an interesting car because it gives the four-ringed brand something to properly take on the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. If Audi sells it in America, it could be a huge hit.