Audi’s SUV lineup (composed of the Q3, Q5 and Q7) is expected to double in 2016 with the arrival of the Q2, Q4, and Q6. The even-numbered SUVs will be sportier than what’s currently offered. Audi believes that the demand for the up-market SUVs is strong worldwide.
An Audi insider told Autocar that the demand for SUVs and crossovers remains to be in an upswing phase and will continue to do so for several more years. The insider said that Audi wants to be sure that it would be able to cope with the demand.
It’s still unclear if the new Q2 SUV will bear the Q1 name but it’s expected to be the new baby in Audi’s SUV lineup. It will be built on a future four-wheel drive version of the A1’s platform, which will also be used by a Volkswagen cousin.
These two vehicles will be slotted below the Q3/Volkswagen Tiguan and will have a size that’s comparable to that of the Nissan Juke. Its content levels and premium content will likely make this a direct rival to BMW’s Mini Countryman model. Its powertrain offerings appear to mirror those that are on the A1.
The Q4 (which is found in the middle of this range) was built to go up against Range Rover’s Evoque. The Q4 will share platforms and a majority of its dimensions with the Q5. But they differ in one aspect -- the roofline – as it will be cut slightly more than two inches on the Q4.
Its styling is comparable to the A5 Sportback, which will have more rake to its windshield than the Q5, a shallower greenhouse and rear hatch that has an angled liftback-style. It’s also possible that it will get fender flares that are reminiscent of 1980s rally Quattros. Its interior could be similar to the Q5 but since it’s smaller, it may seat four instead of five.