This is how the new Audi Q4 could look like. Keep reading for all the details on price, specs and release date of Audi’s new SUV coupe
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Audi Q4 price and release date
The Audi Q4 is based on the Q3 but you can expect to pay a little more for those sporty looks – with prices starting from around £32,000. That will make it slightly more expensive than the Range Rover Evoque, which is the Audi’s main alternative. The Q4 is likely to go on sale in the middle of 2019.
Audi Q4 styling
Our exclusive render (main pic) gives you a good idea of how you can expect the new Q4 to look when it goes on sale in the next few months. In short, it’ll be a mini Audi Q8 with that car’s wide-rimmed grille and ‘mask’ style black plastic surround. The vents in the lower bumper are larger and more aggressive than the ones you’ll see in the Q3 and the black plastic underneath the grille helps make it look more distinctive.
Around the sides, you’ll see the easiest way to spot the Audi Q4 from the Q3 – its swept-back roof. That gives the Q4 the appearance of a shooting brake, or sporty estate car. The Q4 is expected to be slightly longer than the Q3, which means you can have the swept roofline without impacting practicality.
Meanwhile, those boxed wheel arches, also seen in the Q3, help accentuate that the car has quattro four-wheel drive. You’re also likely to see black plastic cladding running along the bottom of the car that helps to make it look higher riding. The roof bars fitted to the Q3 are set to stay on the Q4 – they’ll be handy if you ever need to fit a roof box or bicycle rack. Even if you don’t, they’re a perfect fit for the car’s ‘lifestyle’ image.
Step to the back of the car and the Q4 is likely to be given the full-length light bar treatment (unlike in the pictured Audi TT Offroad SUV concept) seen on the Q8 – its LEDs will perform a light-up sequence when you lock and unlock the car.
Audi Q4 interior
The Audi Q4 will have the same infotainment systems available in the Q3 (pictured), so it’ll come with a 10.25 digital instrument binnacle that’s upgradable to a 12.3-inch screen at extra cost. The latter can switch between a variety of functions including being able to transform into a huge sat-nav map. In addition to the screen behind the steering wheel, you’ll get a 10.25 central touchscreen as standard. It understands (most of the time) voice-activated commands such as ‘navigate to…’ or play ‘BBC Radio 4’ allowing you to control the system without taking your hands off the wheel, or you can go ‘old-school’ and tap in commands on the responsive touchscreen. Audi Connect Infotainment Service Plus will be included in the price – allowing the sat-nav to navigate around congestion and do things like find parking spaces in real-time.
Despite the Q4 being slightly sportier looking than the Q3 – you can expect it to have comparable practicality. That means you’ll have plenty of space up front if you’re a tall adult, but also enough room for people of a similar size on the back seat – if the Q8’s anything to go by, even rear headroom should be decent. Another plus will be the Q4’s large boot, which will only be marginally smaller than the 530-litre load bay in the Q3.
Audi Q4 driving
To go with its sportier looks, the Audi Q4 is likely to be slightly sportier to drive than the Q3. Don’t expect seismic changes, but do predict larger wheels and stiffer suspension to come as standard – they’ll make the car feel more alert turning into bends and grippier once you’re in them. You’ll also be able to spec kit such as adjustable dampers – so you can choose from stiff (for more control) or soft (for more comfort) suspension settings.
Engines will be shared with the Q3, although it’s likely the Q4 will do without the lower-powered petrol and diesels with 150hp. That will leave you to choose from a 190 2.0-litre diesel that’ll be capable of just under 60mpg and a 230hp 2.0-litre petrol that’ll be quicker – getting from 0-62mph in less than 6.5 seconds – but also thirstier with fuel economy of around 40mpg. Unlike the Q3, it’s possible that the Q4 will only be offered with four-wheel drive and a quick-shifting, seven-speed automatic gearbox.
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