As much as enthusiasts will complain about crossovers, especially crossovers that pretend to be sporty and call themselves “coupes”, they’re here to stay. The sporty crossover is something car brands simply can’t do without, as customers eat them up. The latest of these chopped-back crossovers to come from Ingolstadt is the Audi Q4, a coupe-ish crossover that will slot between the Q3 and Q5. Naturally. It’s also just been caught doing some camouflaged testing at the Nurburgring. (We don’t own the spy photos but see them here)
In these photos, we see a small, coupe-like SUV that looks like a lobotomized Audi Q3. From the B-pillar forward, it’s pretty much all Q3. It’s from the B-pillar back, its tapered roofline distinguishes it as the Audi Q4. Though, it clearly borrows some of its styling from its bigger brother, the Audi Q8. It’s not quite as sporty looking as the Q8 but it’s certainly a bit more athletic looking than the Q3.
This isn’t the upcoming Audi Q4 e-tron, though. The all-electric Q4 will be on its way in the near future but this test mule seems to have a muffler hanging underneath its rear bumper, which would signal its internal combustion DNA.
Making this specific model look even sportier is its S-Line package, which brings an RS-like honeycomb grille, a more aggressive lower front fascia and lowered ride height. Due to its size and price point, we doubt it has adaptive air suspension, so it’s likely a fixed lowered suspension setup. Out back, its taillights are very similar to those of the Q3 but a new roof spoiler and more aggressively raked rear window differentiate the Audi Q4 from its more standard twin.
We don’t have any photos of the interior but we’re expecting it to be almost identical to the Audi Q3’s. That’s not a bad thing, though, as the Q3 sports a cabin fit for a more expensive car. So while a bit familiar, it should be fantastic on the inside.
Enthusiasts might bemoan such a car but Audi is going to sell a boatload of these, especially in America. Hopefully with all of that profit, Audi puts some extra money into creating more proper sports cars. Even electric ones.