Audi may be looking to fill the void between the A4 Avant and Q5 with a new model, according to Automobile. The company hasn't nailed down a name just yet, but reports suggest the vehicle will be a crossover version built on the underpinnings of the A4. That means a taller ride height, more commanding seating position and room in the rear for additional cargo. Specifically, the German automaker is aiming for the deep pockets of households with two incomes and no children as well as retirees with some extra cash to blow.

The company may call the creation the A4 Superavant or A4 Avantissimo, but no decision has been made just yet. Either way, Audi probably doesn't want the crossover to resemble a minivan. Just ask Mercedes-Benz how well that works out.

Designers are reportedly paying special attention to elements like the rear overhang, total vehicle height and the proportion of glass to sheetmetal to keep that image at bay. There's even some word that the vehicle will arrive with a plug-in hybrid variant, complete with the same 226-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 35-horsepower electric motor snugged into the transmission.

Either way, we can expect the genre-straddling model to do battle with BMW's forthcoming 3 Series Gran Turismo, which will hopefully look – and sell – nothing like the larger 5 Series Gran Turismo. Style it with the same grace and sense of proportion that marks out the A7 and nobody gets hurt, 'k?

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      • 3 Years Ago
      There was a void between the A4 Avant and Q5?
      Sebastian Baba
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...the void between the A4 Avant and Q5" Is that void not filled by the Q3...?
        Sebastian Baba
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sebastian Baba
        Also, the face of the new A4 is hideous compared to the original B8 design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is also Allroad in that gap ...What are they doing?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought that is what the Q3 was going to be for ...
      Jeff Smith
      • 3 Years Ago
      I must be crazy. I thought letting me, an American, buy the new A6 Avant, would be an easy enough solution. I hope my 08 A6 Avant lasts a while. I also hope the E350 Wagon is around when I need a new car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haven't they already done this by replacing the A4 Avant with the A4 Allroad in the 2013 US lineup?
      • 3 Years Ago
      There isn't even a gap between A4 and Q5! And there is also the A4 Allroad Quattro. What are they going to call it? I think the tag Q4 is already planned for something else. Q4.5? $4? And then, they also have to do a coupe version of it, and of course a smaller version of it, that one also as a coupe. Plus the same things as VWs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They have more sizes than pants. Buy if you like, just realize it's becoming a boutique brand and like those you pay more for low production volumes.
      Tavon AneXus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shouldn't that be the Allroad??
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remove the LEDs and it will become a Corolla.
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