Audi has reportedly submitted an application to trademark the Q4 name, sparking rumors it is preparing for a new, mid-size coupe SUV similar to the TT Offroad concept first seen in 2014.
Audi secured the rights to the Q4 and Q2 names last year after a long dispute with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Both were used on certain Alfa Romeo models, Q2 on limited-slip differential-equipped front-wheel-drive cars, and Q4 on four-wheel-drive cars.
Once it owned the badges, Audi wasted little time in naming its smallest SUV Q2, the model launching just a couple of months ago.
This is now the second time Audi was applied for a trademark on the Q4 name, having first made an attempt in September last year. It’s likely any eventual Q4 production car would be a little brother to the upcoming Q6 e-tron, a full-size, full-electric coupe SUV with a range of 310 miles (500 kilometers), that’s due to go on sale in 2018.
It’s thought the Q4 would mimic the TT Offroad concept that was shown at the Beijing Motor Show in 2014. That featured a hybrid powertrain, with an electric motor on the rear axle - it’s likely the Q4 would feature some level of electrification.
Particularly as technology giant Samsung has announced it intends to build a new factory to produce batteries for hybrid and electric cars in God, Hungary, not far from the Audi TT plant in Gyor. The company has said it will invest $358 million in the facility, which will open in 2018 and have capacity to produce battery packs for around 50,000 EVs every year. Both Samsung and LG will supply batteries for the Q6.
Should the Q4 reach production, it will wade into battle against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The next-generation X4 is expected to be available as a hybrid, while the GLC already has that option.