Audi's Smallest SUV Is About To Get A Lot Sportier

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But what will this sporty SUV be called?

Just as comic book fans are extremely excited when Marvel reveals its latest phase of movies, we were delighted when Audi's product map for all of 2019 was leaked to the public. We already knew about some of Audi's planned reveals, but many came as a surprise when the product map was leaked. One of the models outlined in the map still remains a bit of a mystery - the Q4.

Following Audi's naming convention set by the new Q8, the Q4 will be a more coupe-like version of the Q3 with aggressive bodywork and compromised cargo capacity. We've already seen a prototype of the Q4 testing in the snow, but now it has been spotted again on the Nurburgring.

We expect the Q4 to remain virtually identical to the Q3 in terms of its powertrain. This means it will likely be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder sending 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque out to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic. Pricing for the Q3 starts at $34,700, so we expect the Q4 to be a few grand more.

Even if the Q4 seems like it is pretty self-explanatory, there are still a few holes to patch in its story. For one, we aren't even sure it will be called the Q4. Even though Audi's product map clearly mentions a Q4, Alfa Romeo owns the rights to the name for its all-wheel-drive system on the Giulia and Stelvio.

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If Audi isn't able to use the Q4 name, it will likely call this new SUV the Q3 Sportback. This would be a clever, albeit confusing way of naming a sportier version of the Q3, which loosely coaligns with other models like the A5 Sportback. The Q4/Q3 Sportback is expected to make a debut in Q3 of 2019, which would be fitting if the car retains the name Q3. A hardcore RS Q3 is expected to arrive later in Q4 and will likely pack over 400 hp.

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