Audi’s “Q” line has exploded in recent years to quench customers’ insatiable thirst for SUVs. The four rings have everything from a small Q2 to a not-so-small Q8, in addition to the duo of E-Tron electric SUVs. Later this year, the family of high-end models from Ingolstadt will grow with the addition of the Q4 E-Tron and this – the Q5 Sportback.
A term previously reserved for hatchbacks and larger tailgates, Sportback entered the SUV segment with the Q3 Sportback and the E-Tron Sportback. The next online sport utility vehicle to get the tapered roof is the recently refurbished Q5. Our good friends at Kolesa imagined the somewhat predictable design of the Q5 Sportback by beating the roofline with the stick cut.
While beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, that doesn’t stop us from saying that the new version of the Q5 recipe doesn’t necessarily translate into a prettier SUV. There are also disadvantages that need to be considered, such as less headroom in the back and a smaller loading area. In addition, Audi generally wants more money for a Sportback SUV model compared to the conventional model.
The Russian artists behind this rendering used an official image of the Q21 2021 facelift in the specification confusingly named “40 TDI” and dressed in Mamba green. We expect Audi’s new entry into the ever-growing SUV lineup to be joined by an SQ5, either from day one or a little later in the life cycle. With a company spokesperson suggesting that an RS Q5 could occur, we don’t see why the Sportback wouldn’t get the five-line engine. After all, Audi is selling an RS Q3 Sportback.
The aforementioned Q5 Sportback and Q4 E-Tron do not represent the end of Audi’s SUV expansion, as the recently introduced Q4 Sportback E-Tron concept will transform into a homonymous production model in 2021.
As if that weren’t enough, there are even reports of a new flagship SUV dubbed “Q9” to go after the likes of Mercedes GLS and BMW X7. Audi registered the Q9 brand in 2013 and said a few years ago that it had “so many ideas” for a high-end SUV. In other words, it could very well happen.