Audi Q8 coupe-SUV production begins in 2018, Q4 is scheduled for 2019

Article by Christian A., on April 13, 2017

German auto maker Audi is planning to compete with SUVs in the global market by announcing that production plans for 2 new members of its company are in place. The arrival of the 2 new models has been placed on the schedule of the company. Meet the Q4 compact utility vehicle and the larger Q8.

The Q8 coupe SUV is the latest addition to the Audi line-up, and it was recently seen testing at the Nurburgring race track twice last week. It is estimated to be the same size as the Q7, but is more lowered than the Q7 and is built with a rather sloped roof line. Audi confirmed that the production of the Audi Q8 will begin in Bratislava, Slovakia in the year 2018, and the very first Audi Q4 will be produced in Gyor, Hungary in 2019.

The plant located in Bratislavia, Slovakia has been producing the Q7s ever since 2005, and currently manufactures the second-gen unit that includes different versions such as the Q7 E-tron plug in hybrid and a sporty S model. The German automaker powerhouse remarked that the Q8 is equipped with the state of the art tech that offers assistance and infotainment systems, and boasts of a roomy vehicle with an expressive design.

A concept shown at the recent Geneva Motor Show implied a more classic design for the vehicle, and showed a hybrid power train that can produce 469 hP and 516 lb-ft of torque. Marc Licthe, Audi design chief, remarked that the Q8 sport concept is almost production ready.

Based on reports, the Q8 will belong to the Audi's lineup of one of the most hefty priced vehicles ever in production, bearing the price tag of almost the $106,100 mark. Another member of the Audi family will be the Q4, which will be released a year after the release of its older buddy on the assembly lines in Gyor, Hungary.

Audi considers the Q4 as the sport version and bigger Q8 as the coupe SUV, set between the Q3 and Q5. The vehicle is also included in the Audi's plans to refresh its vehicle line-up in the following years. Shockingly, it will debut two years earlier than what Audi originally planned.

Prof Dr Hubert Waltl, the Audi's Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, commented that they are planning to integrate the 2 brand new Q models into the already existing production network and is expected to also increase the company's competitiveness in an extremely relevant situation.

The German automaker is planning to expand its SUV/crossover lineage to 7 models by the year 2019 from 4, and is expecting that sales of the said models will account for almost half of its total worldwide volume up from a 3rd row. With the Audi Q4 model, the company is hoping to penetrate the section of the compact utility vehicles (CUVs), also known as sub-compact SUV.

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Plans for two new Q models in the Audi production network

Audi is to expand its portfolio with two new Q models and has announced where they will be built: Production of the Audi Q8 will start in Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2018 and the first Audi Q4 will drive off the assembly line in Győr (Hungary) in 2019.

“We will integrate two completely new Q‑models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment,” stated Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl.

With the Audi Q8, the brand will open up a new segment for its top-end models. The premium SUV in a coupe style combines great spaciousness with emotive design and offers the latest technologies in assistance and infotainment systems. Audi will produce the model in Bratislava as of 2018. The Audi Q7 has already been produced at the Slovakian plant since 2005. Meanwhile, the second generation of the large SUV is in production there, as an S version and as the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid.

In 2019, production of the Audi Q4 will start at Audi Hungaria in Győr. With this model, the brand is entering the segment of compact utility vehicles (CUVs). The very sporty Audi Q4 with its typical coupe-style silhouette will be positioned between the Audi Q3 and Q5. And as of 2018, Audi Hungaria will also be responsible for production of the Audi Q3 compact SUV, which until then will continue to be produced in Martorell, Spain.

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