But what about an RS Q4?
Last year we learned that Audi was developing the first-ever Q4 crossover, based on the same MQB platform underpinning the current Q3. Why do the Q4? Two reasons: there's a growing market for four-door coupe-styled crossovers, and because the number four exists. So, what can we expect from this compact crossover boasting sleeker styling than the Q3?
According to Autocar, it will be slightly longer than the Q3 by about 4.3 inches due to its heavily curved roofline and liftback-style tailgate. Its general exterior styling will be inspired by the TT Offroad Concept, first shown back in 2014, but there will certainly be a number of updates more in line with the automaker's latest styling language.
Positioned as a direct competitor against the BMW X2, Range Rover Evoque, and Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Q4's interior will boast full-HD infotainment displays, a 9.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, gesture control functions, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Power is set to come from a new generation of 1.5-liter gasoline and diesel engines, though don't expect the latter to be offered in the US. An updated version of the current 2.0-liter turbo four will also be offered. Expect to see the Q4 receive the e-tron treatment with a plug-in hybrid version with up to 31 miles of EV-only range arriving at a later date.
But we suspect enthusiasts will be drawn to the RS Q4 and its all-new 2.5-liter five-cylinder gasoline engine with up to 400 hp, though we can't confirm whether or not this will debut at the same time as the base models. Like BMW, Audi will continue to expand its Q-branded crossover lineup even further, beyond the Q4. What's next? The Q6, which will reportedly be a pure electric. We expect to see the Audi Q4 make its official debut sometime early next year before it goes on sale as a 2020 model in about a year's time.