The Audi Q4 will be launched in 2019, the German car maker’s chairman, Rupert Stadler, has confirmed. It’ll be part of a growing line-up of style-led SUVs, spearheaded by a production version of the all-electric Q6 e-tron quattro concept and plush Q8 concept.
The rakish five-seater has been conceived to compete against the upcoming BMW X2, Range Rover Evoque and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
The new Audi model will sit on the same MQB underpinnings as the second-generation Q3 due out in 2018 as well as a host of Volkswagen Group models, including the Volkswagen Tiguan, Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq.
It is scheduled to follow the Q6 and Q8 into showrooms in 2019 at a price expected to start about $55,000.
With the next generation Q3 set to grow in size in order to provide space in the range for the recently unveiled Q2, the Q4 looks set to trump its closest rivals on outright dimensions. Audi insiders have revealed it’s overall length will be at least 4500mm – about 110mm longer than today’s Q3.
Plans for the Q4 were originally revealed by Audi in the form of the TT Offroad concept, which first appeared at the Beijing motor show in 2014. As with that car, the design of the production Q4 is set to include a heavily curved roofline and a liftback style tailgate.
Inside, the Q4 is set to benefit from a range of developments already under way at Audi and parent company Volkswagen for inclusion the next generation of MQB-based models. These include full-HD instrument displays, gesture control functions, a 9.2-inch touchscreen navigation monitor, inductive smartphone charging and the latest connectivity features.
Among the powertrains earmarked for the Q4 is a new turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit. It will be joined by updated versions of today’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as an all-new 2.5-litre five cylinder petrol unit with up to 294kW in a range-topping RS Q4 model. Ingolstadt officials also the Q4 will be offered with a plug-in petrol-electric driveline similar to that used by the A3 e-tron with an electric-only range of up to 50km.