New hybrid SUV concept, thought to represent Audi's upcoming Porsche Macan rival, set to be revealed at the Beijing motor show
8 April 2014

Audi has revealed its latest concept car in a series of official sketches ahead of its planned public premiere at the Beijing motor show later this month.

The high riding off-roader, details to which are being kept secret until closer to its unveiling, is rumoured to preview the upcoming Audi Q4 – Ingolstadt’s answer to the likes of the BMW X4 and Porsche Macan.

Audi's new five-door concept shares similar design cues to the three-door Allroad Shooting Brake concept wheeled out at the Detroit motor show back in January, suggesting Audi is already well advanced on a series of new sporting crossover-style SUV models that will line up alongside the more practical SUV offerings already on sale today.

As with the Allroad Shooting Brake, the appearance of Audi’s latest concept is heavily influenced by that of the new third generation TT. At around 4400mm in length and 1850mm in width, it is close to the existing Q3 in size.

The brand’s design team has provided the new SUV with a number of traditional styling cues that leave little doubt about its origins. Included is a prominent six-corner single frame grille, trapezoidal-shaped headlamps with complex LED internal graphics, clamshell-style bonnet, prominent wheelarch flares, heavily curved roof line and a high waistline and shallow glasshouse.

Inside, the new Audi concept provides seating for four in individual seats – those at the rear appearing to fold flat to extend luggage capacity.

Powering the new Audi is a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain similar to that seen on the Allroad Shooting Brake. It consists of a transversely mounted turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder combustion engine and a pair of electric motors – one integrated into a double clutch auto gearbox and another mounted within the rear axle. Together they provide the concept with a four-wheel-drive capability.

No official power or torque figures have yet been revealed, although Audi sources suggest they are close to the 402bhp and 480lb ft of the Allroad Shooting Brake. But in a development not seen on Audi’s earlier concept, the crossover headed for Beijing showcases a new inductive charging system for its lithium-ion battery, alongside a traditional plug.

Speaking to Autocar recently, Audi’s head of research and development, Ulrich Hackenburg, confirmed Audi was pursuing a strategy that would see it extend its line-up with new crossovers rather than traditional MPVs.

“There is a clear trend towards crossover-style vehicles in nearly every market we are represented. We are well aware of this and intend to take advantage of it,” he said.

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The Audi Q5 – the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer's rival to the Land Rover Freelander – may not be perfect, but it is a well rounded road-biased off-roader

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8 April 2014
About as close to the finished result as the pic in one of Heston's books is to the pile of slops that comes out of my oven.

8 April 2014
BMW again. Definitely X4 in this case.

29 May 2014
I love this new Audi TT OffRoad PHEV SUV concept. It right sizes the ICE engine, moving to a far cheaper but good 4 x cylinders, that leaves pricing room to play 4 x Cyl + PHEV electric at the price of a buyable 6 x Cylinders Ice model, if Audi expands that concept to a sellable reality. It also starts to come with a decent Battery sizing of 12KWH hopefully all "usable" for the EV range. I would have preffered #20KWH to fully secure 100% of my average 65 to 100KM of dialy local commutes "all electric" with no more than one charge per day, but 12KWH could be a starting point if left with no pother choice next year as BMW X4 is still only available with (improved) engines of the past, and no PHEV. I'm still hoping the future Porsche Macan PHEV to go that 4 x cylinders + Decent Battery path, but now I'm unsure, as Porsche seam stuck positioning PHEVs on top of everything, means above Top Range 6 x Cylinders Turbo models in the > €100K space where there are very few buyers left. Risk is then high that they do the same error for the Macan PHEV expected next year, which would mean the end of my Porsche interest as I can stretch my next year SUV budget to maximum €76K all inclusive w/ VAT and Eco taxes...etc, means a base model priced not higher than €60K including VAT, which is exactly the Macan Model S (6 x Cylinders) starting point today... Q4 / TT OffRoad PHEV could become my favourite then if it goes live by mid-2015 at decent prices, and nothing else moves on X4 and Macan for PHEV.

Want to purchase a PHEV SUV by mid 2015

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