Audi has locked-in its future product plans, with confirmation that it will add three electric vehicles, two new SUVs and five new generation models to its mainstream range over the next few years.
As part of its annual general meeting Audi made the short-term product announcements which give credence to rumours the brand is preparing launch an all-new Audi e-tron electric SUV in 2018.
Before 2020 Audi will also introduce a further two e-tron models, part of an electrification movement that was sparked by the wider Volkswagen Group’s diesel emissions scandal.
“We are rejuvenating our model portfolio enormously and will renew five existing core model series by mid-2018,” Audi chairman, Rupert Stadler said. “In addition, we will expand our successful Q family by 2019 with two new concepts – the Audi Q8 and the Audi Q4 – and we will launch our battery-electric e-tron models.”
Those new Q models, the Q4 and Q8, will form part of an expanded SUV line-up for Audi that will finally give it coupe-style SUVs to rival the BMW X4 and X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and GLE Coupe.
Although the replacement core models weren’t named, the new A8 is set to be revealed next month followed by the A6 and A7 twins before the end of the year. The next models due for replacement, owing to their age, include the A1 light hatch and the Q3 small SUV which is expected to grow in size slightly to allow the newly launched Q2 some breathing space.
Audi also confirmed it will take responsibility for the Volkswagen Group’s autonomous driving development program with a new company called Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH.
The company claims it will have its first self-driving “small series of cars” by 2021.
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