It was in early 2017 that Audi first confirmed the addition of a Q4 to its lineup, though there have been some changes to the automaker’s plans since then.

The Q4 was originally planned to be a compact crossover SUV with a coupe-like profile based on the same structure as the recently redesigned Q3 . Its main targets were to be the BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace, Lexus UX and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

However, as we learned at March’s 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the Q4 will now be a battery-electric model based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular platform for EVs. It will be called the Q4 e-tron and arrive in late 2020; a concept for which was rolled out at the Geneva show . As for the original vehicle that was to be the Q4, Audi will instead badge it a Q3 Sportback. Prototypes are currently testing in the wild ahead of a reveal later this year.

Audi previewed the Q3 Sportback in 2014 with its TT Offroad concept . The design has evolved considerably since the TT Offroad was first shown. The spy shots and video show that the Q3 Sportback wears distinct styling cues to set it apart from the TT. The final result should resemble a scaled-down Q8.

The mechancials, along with most of the interior design, will most likely be lifted directly from the Q3. This means the latest version of VW Group’s MQB platform, front-wheel drive as standard with available all-wheel drive, and a range of turbocharged inline-4s […]

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