Audi confirmed at its annual press conference that the Q4 SUV will be launched internationally in 2019. It will be part of a growing line-up of style-led SUVs, spearheaded by the plush Q8 and the electric Q6. The five seater Q4 has been considered to compete against the all new BMW X2, the Mercedes GLA and Range Rover Evoque. It will sit on the same MQB underpinnings as the second gen Q3. And with the new Q3 set to grow in size in order to deliver space in the range for the newly unveiled Q2, the Q4 looks set to trump its competitors when it comes to outright dimensions. Audi insiders have revealed to our sister publication, auto car UK, that the Q4’s overall length will be at least 4,500 mm – that’s about 110 mm longer than the current Q-3.
The design of the production Q4 which was originally revealed by Audi in the form of the 2014 TT Off road concept is set to include a heavily curved roofline and a lift back style tailgate.
Inside, the SUV is set to benefit from a range of developments already under way at Audi and parent company Volkswagen for inclusion in the next generation of MQB based models. These include full-HD instrument monitors, gesture control functions, a 9.2-inch touchscreen navigation monitor, inductive smartphone charging and the newest connectivity features. Among the powertrains earmarked for the Q4 is a new gen of 4 cylinder petrol and diesel units that have a common 1.5-litre capacity.
They will be joined by updated versions of the current 2 liter, 4 cylinder diesel and petrol engines, as well as an all-new 2.5 liter, 5 cylinder petrol unit with up to 406 BHP in a range topping RS Q-4 model. The new Q-4 line-up will also feature a plug-in petrol electric Q4 e-tron model with an electric only range of up to 50 km – as agreed by China’s green vehicle regulations.