Audi officially confirms Q8 flagship SUV for 2019, electric SUV for 2018

Article by Christian A., on May 22, 2015

Audi officially announced that it will introduce the Q8 flagship SUV in 2019, while an electric-powered sporty SUV in the upper-mid segment will arrive in 2018. Meanwhile, the smaller Audi Q1 will be introduced next year. According to the German manufacturer, the new models are intended to provide a solid foundation for the company’s growth path.

By 2020, Audi plans to expand its lineup to 60 models from 52 as it aims to become the top global premium brand by vehicle sales and overtake BMW. The upcoming Q8 is expected to be based on the Q7 and will offer similar styling to the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Moreover, the company is working on its first full-electric SUV, which will be a rival for the Tesla Model X crossover.

This new model is expected to be based on the next-generation Q5 and will offer a range of 500 km (310 miles). The new Audi Q8 flagship SUV will see new rivals by the time it will arrive as Bentley will present the Bentayga later this year, seen as the world’s most luxurious and expensive SUV. Still, Maserati’s Levante and Jaguar’s F-Pace crossover will also steal customers from the German manufacturer.

In the second half of 2015, the brand new Audi Q7 will hit the dealerships. Compared to its predecessor, the new Q7 is the lighter and more fuel-efficient, offering a 28% improvement for gasoline-powered models and 23% for diesel-powered models. Two engines will be available for the European market, a 3.0-liter TDI V6 and a 3.0-liter TFSI V6.

The V6 TDI engine will deliver 272 hp (200 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, while a second version will offer 218 hp (160 kW) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque. The 3.0-liter TFSI petrol engine produces 333 hp (245 kW) and 440 Nm (324 lb-ft) of torque. According to Audi, the 2016 Q7 has a curb weight of 1,995 kg (4,938 lb), which means it is 325 kg (716 lb) lighter than its predecessor but also the lightest in its class.

“Despite a record level of investment, we are maintaining our ambitious financial targets and plan to achieve an operating return on sales within the strategic target corridor of 8 to 10 percent also this year.” said Axel Strotbek, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Finance and Organization. [source: Audi]

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