Audi Q4 Trademark Application Hints At Mercedes GLC Coupe, BMW X4 Rival

Audi‘s SUV family is getting ready to welcome a new member, after the brand with the four rings has secured the Q4 moniker.

Essentially a smaller sibling to the upcoming Q6 e-tron, the production model will reportedly draw inspiration from the TT Offroad Concept, according to AutoExpress, creating this way a direct rival to the likes of the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

Getting the study all dolled up for assembly will be just the initial phase, as the sporty SUV could also adopt the plug-in hybrid technology, with batteries supplied by Samsung SDI.

Samsung will invest 400 billion won ($357 million) in a new battery factory in Hungary, planned to open in the second half of 2018. The new facility is only 90 minutes away from the Gyor plant, where Audi is producing the TT. This info is backed up by Audi’s statement that Samsung SDI will team up with LG to supply the necessary battery cells for its upcoming EV projects.

Aside from the regular Audi Q4, the German automaker also owns the S Q4 badge since late 2013, when it was trademarked with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, suggesting that a high-performance variant of the SUV is also on the cards.

Note: Audi TT Offroad Concept pictured