Audi has unveiled its rival to the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, the Q3 Sportback, ahead of its arrival in Australia next year.
It rides on the same platform as the more practical Q3 SUV, but the Sportback has been designed with style in mind rather than luggage space and headroom.
The roofline is lower at the rear, and the d-pillars are flat. There's also a more pronounced rear spoiler trailing off the boot lid. How very sporty.
Audi points out the car's pumped-up haunches, designed to hark back to some of the brand's most famous rally cars. The bumpers feature more prominent air intakes up front, and the 'diffuser' at the rear is more pronounced than it is on the regular Q3.
The grille surround is finished in gloss black, and has been designed to appear three-dimensional. Audi says its design team was trying to make the Q3 Sportback look longer and lower than the standard car – we'll let you be the judge about whether those efforts were a success.
There isn't all that much separating the Q3 Sportback's lights from the regular Q3's. There are three different headlight options on offer, by the way, topping out with Matrix LED units.
Two engines will be offered in Europe at launch: the 45 TFSI petrol and 35 TDI diesel. The former is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit making 169kW and 350Nm, the latter a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel putting out 110kW and 340Nm.
A less powerful petrol engine and more powerful diesel options will be added after launch, along with three-pedal variants. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard on the launch cars.
A 'quattro' all-wheel drive system is standard on range-topping models. It defaults to front-wheel drive under light loads, but can shuffle torque to the rear axle when the situation demands it.
Inside, the cabin is identical to that of the regular Q3. There's a 10.1-inch touchscreen atop the dashboard, and a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle. The Audi Virtual Cockpit is available, too.
As with the Q3, the Sportback will be offered with Audi's full array of active driver assists, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert.
The new Q3 Sportback will be arriving in Australia during the first half of 2020.