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Audi Forecast: Three New SUVs By 2019, Three Electric Cars By 2020 Photo:
 
 
Brad Leach | Mar, 16 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

Opening the batting next year will be the all-new Audi Q6 SUV while the Q4 compact SUV will debut in 2019.

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.

Britain’s Autocar claims the Q4 - a rival for BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA - will follow the lead of the Audi TT Offroad concept which was first shown at the Beijing Motor Show in 2014.

Audi TT Offroad Concept
Audi TT Offroad Concept

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.

Autocar claims the Audi Q4 will ride on a new, larger version of the Volkswagen Group MQB chassis architecture developed for the second-generation Q3 model.

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.

Audi Q8 Sport Concept
Audi Q8 Sport Concept

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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