After confirming that the TT will go electric next generation onwards, Audi also declared that seven completely new SUV variants will be showcased in 2019. The lineup includes both performance as well as electrified SUVs from the German manufacturer.
The most important car of the seven-pronged attack would be the Audi RS Q8, getting the same engine as the Lamborghini Urus: a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 good for 641hp and 850Nm. Audi co-developed this engine with Porsche, and gave it 671hp under the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s hood.
The Audi Q4 e-Tron is close to production, Audi having released its design sketches a few days before GIMS 2019.
The RS Q8 is expected to fill the gap between the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Lamborghini Urus, so it might get roughly 600 horses to play with. Audi is also bringing the SQ8 to market in 2019, and we are expecting it to sport the 4.0-litre V8 TDI from the SQ7.
Following these cars are the Audi SQ3 and RS Q3 compact SUVs, along with the Q3 Sportback (or the Audi Q4). An all-electric e-Tron Sportback is also scheduled to follow the Q3 siblings. As for the seventh SUV variant as promised, it could be any one between the RS Q5 and RS Q2. Audi could join forces with Porsche over the development of RS Q5 seeing as Stuttgart already markets the Macan Turbo. The RS Q2 will benefit most from the 2.5-litre TFSI inline-five engine from the RS3 and TT-RS.
Audi RS Q8 has also been spotted testing, indicating an imminent launch this year.
If Audi follows through on its promise, we are looking at a burgeoning lineup of vehicles that will have SUVs in the majority. Just a decade ago, this very lineup was sedan-intensive. With global demand from consumers for high-riding vehicles that is not dwindling anytime soon, many manufacturers are adding SUVs of all shapes and segments to their lineup rapidly. Audi is no different, being one of VW Group’s earliest subsidiaries to start offering an all-electric car, the e-Tron SUV.