2020 Audi Q3 Sportback Won’t Be Sold In the United States

2020 Audi Q3 Sportback Won’t Be Sold In the United States
Even though it’s called Q4 in the 2019 Audi roadmap, the sharper brother of the Q3 will be called Q3 Sportback. Whatever the four-ringed automaker plans to do, there’s no denying the compact crossover takes inspiration from the Q8, Porsche Cayenne Coupe, and Lamborghini Urus.
2020 Audi Q3 Sportback Won’t Be Sold In the United States
The Q3 Sportback won’t be available in the United States according to a spokesperson from Audi, and that’s somewhat intriguing. Crossovers might be popular in Europe, but the U.S. has an even bigger appetite for this type of vehicle. Motor Authority reports the representative didn’t give a reason for this decision, let alone more details on the coupe-like model.

“What’s the matter with Q4 then?” Motor Authority understands that trademark is “reserved for an electric SUV previewed in concept form at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.” Q4 e-tron is the name, and as you’d expect, the newcomer looks like the e-tron xeroxed at 75 percent. As far as exterior design is concerned, the BMW iX3 plays second fiddle while the Mercedes-Benz EQC looks a bit too clinical to be considered eye candy.

Like the Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback, the Q4 e-tron will be manufactured on the MEB modular architecture. In the case of the Audi, the range-topping battery will come in the guise of 82 kWh with a usable capacity of 77 kWh and 450 kilometers (280 miles) on a complete charge.

Turning our attention back to the Q3 Sportback, chief executive officer Bram Schot confirmed at the annual general meeting in Neckarsulm, Germany the reveal of the coupe-styled crossover for July 2019. In the best-case scenario, the Q3 Sportback will arrive at European dealerships by the end of the year for MY 2020.

From the standpoint of size, the Q3 Sportback competes directly with the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Audi is cooking up the RS Q3 for 2020 as well, and not long now, the RS Q3 Sportback will follow with the 2.5-liter turbo inline-five engine from the TT RS.

At launch, the Q3 Sportback will include 1.5- and 2.0-liter engine options with up to 230 PS (228 horsepower) and 350 Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque. In the case of the Q3, the 45 TFSI commands a starting price of $35,695 in the United States of America.

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