Audi is one of the first manufacturers to release a premium crossover more than a decade ago. Since then they expanded their roster with a couple of new models and it seems like they are about to release a couple more. One of these is going to be the upcoming 2019 Audi Q4 which is an all new car loosely based on the Q3. Even though at this point there is still very little official information about this future vehicle, it looks like the rumors painted a pretty good picture about what the car is all about. For starters, this is a new car and it is set to slot right between the Q3 and Q5. In terms of size it will be much closer to the Q3 but it looks like it may be quite similar to the Q5 when it comes to looks and interior features.
Unlike the larger Q5, the upcoming Q4 is going to be based on VW’s MQB front-wheel drive platform. This also underpins the Tiguan and it will form the basis for the upcoming Q3 as well. Unlike the rest of the cars using this platform, the Q4 will receive the crossover version. This means the car will be quite tall, despite being marketed as a sports crossover, and it will feature far better off-road capabilities than most of its upcoming rivals. The dimensions for the car haven’t been made available just yet. Despite that we can clearly see from the spy shots that its wheelbase and track width are very similar to the current Q3.
2019 Audi Q4 price & release date
While there still isn’t any test mules or prototypes in the sight German automaker did make it official. The 2019 Audi Q4 release date is set. The Germans have stated that during 2019 new Q4 will be in the dealerships. During the following year more work will be put into it, but at the moment other models have priority. The plan to expand their SUV lineup is set in motion some time ago. But, Audi currently has its eye fixed on the new version of Q3. After its completion, the focus will shift on Q4.
There is no word on the price as of yet. By nomenclature of this manufacturer, Q4 will be slotted right in between Q3 and Q5. With this place, there will be an accordingly set price which will be in the region of $42,000. The named price is the cost of AWD Prestige trim of ongoing Audi Q3. This will be the lower border, but there is an option that it could be priced less. The reason is that Q5 starts at the same price where Q3 finishes. Carried by this logic new Q4 will not be priced above $54,000 which is where SQ5 starts. All of this is pure speculation, so stay tuned as we bring more official information.
The design of Audi Q4
Even though the car hasn’t been officially unveiled just yet, the camouflaged prototype seen a while ago gives us a pretty good idea about the finished look of the car. For starters, it looks like the front end of the 2019 Audi Q4 will be very similar to that of the Q8. In fact the two cars seem to share an identical grille and set of headlights. The intakes are smaller on the Q4 and the splitter isn’t as pronounced but the car is still considerably more aggressive than the Q3. The rear of the car doesn’t have the coupe-like look most of us expected. Instead, it seems more similar to the Q8 or even the Q2. The roof-line is arched towards the back and there is a large wing-mounted spoiler. However, the rear window is not as raked as a true coupe which means the car will also be more usable than otherwise.
Inside the cabin – Q4 Interior
There is no doubt about the fact the 2019 Audi Q4 will feature an identical cabin to the Q3. The two cars will get the same dashboard with a really similar layout. The only real differences between them will likely be the seats. The Q4 is expected to boast sports seats as standard with the higher end models receiving bucket seats in the front and at the back. In terms of space the car will not be that different from the Q3 but the trunk will be slightly smaller.
Under the hood – 2019 Q4 Specs
In terms of engines the 2019 Audi Q4 is likely going to come equipped with VW’s latest offerings. The base model is expected to receive a more powerful engine than the Q3. Because of that the car is expected to receive Audi’s 2.0 liter turbo-four which is known to make around 190 horsepower in the base trim levels. A higher end version of the same engine should easily provide north of 250 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque without much hassle. A 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel offering between 150 and 240 horsepower is also a real possibility. All of these are expected with Audi’s great “quattro” all wheel drive and a 7 speed dual-clutch automatic.
A front wheel drive model, likely sporting a 6 speed manual, is likely going to be an option in select markets. With the Q4 Audi is also expected to release a set of high performance versions. One of these will be the S model which is likely going to boast a 2.0 liter turbo-four good for north of 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. An RS version powered by a larger 2.5 liter 5 cylinder engine is also a real possibility. With as much as 400 horsepower this should easily become the fastest car in its class.