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2020 Audi Q3 Sportback won't be sold in the United States

by Ronan Glon

American buyers will only have access to the standard Q3.

Audi is in the process of adding more crossovers and SUVs to its line-up. The German company will introduced a swoopier evolution of the Q3 designed with a fastback-like roof line during the summer of 2019, but it won't join the standard model in American showrooms.

An Audi spokesperson confirmed to Motor Authority that the model -- which is tentatively called Q3 Sportback -- will not be sold in the United States. The representative didn't explain why it won't be sold here, but we expect to learn more when it makes its official debut in the coming months.

The Q3 Sportback is to the second-generation Q3 what the A5 Sportback is to the A4. Had it gone on sale here, it would have competed against other form-over-function crossovers like the BMW X2, which is a more stylish evolution of the X1.

The standard Q3 will return to American showrooms before the end of 2019, and it will spawn a hot-rodded, 400-horsepower people-hauler named RS Q3, though it's still too early to tell whether we'll see it here. Buyers who want an Audi SUV with a fastback-like roof line will need to wait until the E-Tron Sportback -- which is based on the electric E-Tron -- begins arriving on dealer lots in 2020.

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