Audi Wants Q6 Coupe Crossover to Take on BMW X6 in 2016

Audi might have a runaway success with its Q line of crossovers and SUV, but it’s BMW that started it all with the X5, and it’s the Bavarians that still have something their Ingolstadt counterparts want. We’re talking about a car with all-wheel drive and slick tires, a boot that you can’t really use and bad visibility out the back. Yes folks, Audi wants to make its version of the BMW X6, a Q7 Sportback of sorts.

According to CAR Magazine, the coupe crossover has been given the production green light earlier this year, while the three-door Q4 - a rival for the Range Rover Evoque - will soon be signed off.

Yes, the formula for a coupe crossover detracts a lot from a crossover’s practicality only to offer a strange mix of looks, but automakers nowadays think in percentage points and Excel graphs, so we’ll have to do the same. In 2010, sales of the Q7 increased by 37.1% compared to 2009 rising to 47,700 units while the Q5 recorded a 32.4% growth to 155,000 deliveries.

When you add the smaller Q3 that will hit markets soon, the upcoming Q6, Q4 and Q1, you realize Audi’s range will soon be one of the most complete of all the automakers. The crossover fruit is ripe and the marketing teams are ready to pick it!

Sources inside Audi are reportedly saying all three of those new models are coming. The easiest one to make is the Q4, which is a three-door version of the Q5, so it will arrive first in 2014 or 2015.

The Q6 coupe crossover is coming in 2016, one year later than Mercedes Benz’s answer, which will arrive in 2015. There’s no point in talking about future engines, as Audi has more V6 versions than a caterpillar has legs. Let’s hope they make a hot version to take on the X6 M as well!
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