Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Busy Audi: Q4, Three Full EVs, Five New Core Models Coming

Busy Audi: Q4, Three Full EVs, Five New Core Models Coming

"We will expand our successful Q family by 2019 with the Audi Q8 and the Audi Q4 - and we will launch our battery-electric e-tron models".

As this plan progresses, Audi plan to deliver three new BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) by 2020, and at least one new electrified auto a year in the years following, with those cars offering a BEV or Hybrid take on core models.

The new Audi Q8 SUV will be followed by a smaller sibling - the Audi Q4 - and Audi will be launching three new e-tron electric cars in the next three years.

It will have three electric or electrified models on sale by 2020, two of which come off the C-BEV architecture it developed in house for higher-riding SUVs and one off the Porsche-developed J1 platform. The focus this year is on top-end models with the new generations of the Audi A8 and Audi A7.

The news confirms widely reported plans for the brand that include the launch of the new Audi e-tron all-electric SUV in 2018.

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The first of those will be the A8, which Audi will unveil in Barcelona on July 11, and which promises both plug-in hybrid and Level 3 autonomous capability.

If things have seemed a little quiet at Ingolstadt lately, they won't stay that way for long, with Audi set to fire in a volley of new electrified cars.

Audi is utilising Volkswagen Group synergies in order to implement future technologies even faster and more efficiently. In April, the brand agreed on new development cooperation with Porsche for future vehicle architectures. With this, Audi plans to rope in existing service providers to offer mobility services worldwide.

On the back of this, Audi is also assigned the leading role within Volkswagen Group to develop autonomous driving technologies.

Its ultimate short-term goal is to get a self-driving system ready for market that can handle busy urban environments - a much more complex demand than highway cruising - and to roll it out to a number of compact city cars by 2021.

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