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.