Is this the Audi Q4 crossover?: Audi TT-based ute teased in official Audi sketches prior to Beijing debut

Audi TT-primarily based ‘ute teased in official Audi sketches ahead of Beijing debut

By: Greg Kable on 4/08/2014

Audi has dropped 3 official sketches of a new TT inspired crossover idea that is planned to make its public premiere at the Beijing automobile present later on this month.

The high-riding crossover, details to which are currently being kept secret right up until closer to its unveiling, is rumoured to preview the upcoming Audi Q4 – Ingolstadt’;s solution to the likes of the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan.

The new 5-door shares design cues with the 3-door Allroad Shooting Brake wheeled out at the Detroit auto show back in January, suggesting Audi is currently nicely sophisticated on a series of new sporting crossover-design SUV models that will line up alongside the much more practical SUV offerings already on sale these days.

As with the Allroad Shooting Brake, the physical appearance of Audi’;s most recent concept is heavily influenced by that of the new third generation TT. At close to 173 inches in length and 73 inches in width, it is close to the current Q3 in size.

Audi’;s style team has supplied the new SUV with a quantity of conventional styling cues that leave minor doubt about its origins. Included is a including a prominent 6-corner single-frame grille, trapezoidal shaped headlamps with complex LED internal graphics, clamshell fashion hood, prominent wheel arch flares, a heavily curved roof line, higher waistline and shallow glasshouse.

Within, the new Audi idea gives seating for 4 in individual seats – those at the rear appearing to fold flat to extend luggage capacity.

Powering the new Audi is a plug-in gasoline-electrical hybrid drivetrain related to that witnessed on the Allroad Shooting Brake. It consists of a transversely mounted turbocharged 2.-liter 4-cylinder combustion engine and a pair of electric motors – one integrated into a double clutch gearbox and yet another mounted within the rear axle. Collectively they supply the notion with 4 wheel drive capability.

No official electrical power or torque figures have nevertheless been unveiled, although Audi sources recommend they are related to the 402bhp and 480lb ft of the Allroad Shooting Brake. But iIn a growth not observed on Audi’;s earlier concept, the crossover headed for Beijing showcases an new inductive charging system for its lithium ion battery.

Speaking to AutoWeek lately, Audi’;s head of research and development, Ulrich Hackenburg, advised Audi was pursuing a approach that would see it extend its line-up with new crossovers rather than standard MPVs.

“There is a clear trend towards crossover design automobiles in practically each market we are represented. We are effectively aware of this and intend to consider benefit of it,” he explained.

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