Audi has three new SUVs - the Q4, Q6 and Q8 - plus three new electric cars in the pipeline as its new model onslaught unfolds over the next few years.
Audi has previously shown the Q6 (top of page) as a concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. While it will employ petrol and diesel engines, speculation has the Q6 debuting an updated e-tron electric power unit capable of a 500km range between battery recharges.
Power will come from new-generation 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, updated examples of the current 2.0-litre petrol and diesel powerplants, an all-new 300kW 2.5-litre, five-cylinder petrol engine (likely to be exclusive to the RS Q4) and a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid to address the growing trend to outlaw internal combustion engines in major cities.
Interior technology is tipped to include a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen and full-HD instrumentation.
The Q8, first shown as a plug-in hybrid concept car at the Detroit Auto Show in January and, more recently at the Geneva Motor Show a few weeks back, featuring a mild hybrid drivetrain said to deliver 330kW/680Nm and total range of over 1,000kms between refueling.
As part of its electric vehicle push, over the past three years Audi has trained more than 6,000 employees on the nuances of high-voltage technology and is working with partners in the development of a public fast-charging system.
Autonomous vehicles loom large in Audi’s future – the company has established a subsidiary called Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH, based in Munich and tasked with developing a system for autonomous vehicles in cities that is applicable to all makes, not just Audi, as a critical part of future mobility services including robot taxis.
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