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Audi reveals crossover concept for Beijing show (2014) first pictures

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

By Ollie Kew

First Official Pictures

08 April 2014 12:00

Audi will show this crossover concept car at the Beijing motor show later in April 2014. According to these first pictures, it’s essentially a four-door version of the Allroad Shooting Brake concept from Audi’s Detroit motor show stand, mixing TT style with Q5 attitude.

Audi’s only released these design sketches so far, and not let on any powertrain details. Still, we can glean an awful lot from these initial images. The overall styling is very similar to the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, which in turn previewed the new 2014 TT.

You’ll spot the same inset LED headlights, the trademark single-frame grille, boldly blistered wheelarches with Allroad-esque plastic cladding. The main change versis the Allroad Shooting Brake concept is the addition of two rear doors.

The sketches show the main dashboard structure, complete with the huge instrument binnacle screen display, has been carried over wholesale from the new TT. The concept has four individual chairs inside, and the rears fold flat to hold the sort of extreme sports gear the marketing types like to believe every crossover buyer aspires to. Downhill skis, in this case.

There are certainly plenty on the way. A Q1 crossover, potentially based on the same MQB platform that underpins the new Audi TT, has been confirmed for 2016: click here for CAR’s complete Audi Q1 story.

A sportier ‘Q2’ to challenge BMW’s new X4 would be a logical extension of that family, while at the opposite end of the range, Audi is reportedly still mulling a ‘Q8’ 4x4 to challenge the Range Rover and new BMW X7. It’s also understood Audi is mulling a third TT bodystyle (after the coupe and forthcoming roadster). This could take the form of a two-door shooting brake, or a four-door ‘coupe’ as per the Mercedes CLA.


By Ollie Kew