Audi Teases SUV Concept for Beijing, Could Be the New Q4

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Audi has just announced its fans via Facebook and other channels that it has something special lined up for this year's Beijing Auto Show. Four teases sketches previewing the car show a nice combination between familiar lines of an SUV and those of the new TT coupe.
In the German manufacturer's own words "the show car combines the sporting elements of the TT with the strengths of a compact SUV." They're not just bragging though. The headlights, taillights and grille are all inspired by the sports coupe. Even the typical aluminum gas cap cover is there!

By calling it a compact SUV, Audi is admitting this is somehow related to the Q3, either a replacement or a sister model. From the sloped roofline and Sportsback boot deign, we might interpret this as being a preview for the five-door Sports Activity Coupe that's been rumored to take on the Q4 moniker.

The cabin of the Audi concept is again very similar to that of the TT. Gone are all the elements of the center console for a minimalist design which shifts all the information to a display in the speedometer. Control for the air conditioning are now conveniently placed inside the air vents. From the big red button on the steering wheel and the twin fuel ports on either side, the Beijing Concept is easily labeled an e-tron plug-in hybrid with overboost features. Flanked by the dual exhaust pipes, the quattro lettering is clearly displayed in chrome brightwork.

Since we know Audi is currently working on a facelift for the Q3, which rides on the old PQ35 platform (Golf 6 and A3 Mk2), questions about the production worthiness of this concept arrived. We'll have to wait until April 19th for the official reveal to shine more light on the project.

Our say: If the A7 preview concept is anything to go by, it will take two years to reach production. But what if, and I know this is a stretch, SUV is actually the new member of the TT family Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg was talking about about a week ago?
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