German carmaker Audi has ramped up speculation that it is preparing a smaller version of the upcoming Q6 e-tron, after it applied to trademark the Q4 and S Q4 names on September 29.
The trademark application came just 24 hours before South Korean battery manufacturer announced that it would invest $358 million to build an electric car battery factory in God, Hungary. The facility is expected to produce enough batteries to power 50,000 batteries a year.
The upcoming Q4 will be based on the Audi TT Offroad concept from the 2014 Beijing Motor Show and the new SUV is expected to make its debut in late 2018.
The new Q4 is expected to be a sporty plug-in hybrid SUV (a fully electric version could also happen), which will utilise the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform which also underpinned the TT Offroad concept.
What makes the link between the Samsung announcement and the Audi Q4 so interesting, is the fact that the new facility is around 150 kilometres away from Audi's production hub in Gyor.
Audi's Gyor facility is the production hub for the TT sports car and the TT and the upcoming Q4 are expected to share quite few more things other than just the looks.