Described only as "the new Audi show car", appears to carry little of the bold new SUV-specific styling promised with recent concepts and comments, appearing more like a jacked-up A3 hatch or a shortened Q7.
Audi has revealed a few key details, confirming that the new three-door concept is just over 4.2 metres long, making it around 180mm shorter than the Q3 SUV and more than 400mm longer than the Q1's reported length.
Just what is Audi planning? The carmaker isn't saying yet, but we could expect to see an evolution of the Crosslane Coupe concept that appeared in 2012.
Audi describes the concept as “a crossover with a distinctly sporting slant – a car for all roads and tracks, for everyday driving and recreational use.”
Importantly, the concept's dimensions make it only a hair shorter than the A3 hatch, suggesting Audi may be planning a special model that would sit between the Q1 and Q3, focusing on a more sporting design.
The new concept could then be proof of Audi's plans for a new Q2 model, believed to be in development as a rival to the popular three- and five-door Range Rover Evoque line, along with BMW's coupe-like X4.
However, reports overseas suggest that insiders have confirmed that when this new concept enters production, it will not wear a Q badge.
That leaves only the familiar A badge, or the launch of a new family, as BMW has done with its new 2 and 4 Series models.
It is also clear that the new concept will feature Audi's e-tron electric and hybrid technology, while a quattro badge in the front grille frame points to an all-wheel-drive system.
For more than that, we'll have to wait until the concept's unveiling in Detroit next month.
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