Audi plans launching four new models including the much-awaited Q8 flagship SUV and the fully electric e-tron
By the middle part of 2018, Audi has been confirmed by its Chairman Rupert Stadler to launch at least four new models. At the German luxury automaker’s interim financial report, he said that his company will be introducing new iterations of four more “core model series”. Carrying additional significance are the two launches in the flagship lineup as the Q8 SUV and an all-electric e-tron are set to go on sale.
What has not been known so far are the exact details of the models except that the A6 and A7 Sportback versions are coming out early next year. While the identity of other two models are still under wraps, reports emerged on the internet recently have suggested that they might as well be the new generations of A1 and the Q3 in the entry-level segments.
The arrival of the e-tron has long been anticipated and it was fuelled by recent spy clicks of the production body wrapped in camouflage. Stadler has said the e-tron’s debut next year will be followed by its Sportback version in 2019. Moreover, he also divulged the brand’s preparation to offer a premium compact electric vehicle at the start of 2020.
It could potentially be the Tesla Model 3 rival as Audi plans a huge assault in the base premium segments with several compact models. Audi stirred up the automotive world with the highly advance new-gen A8 flagship sedan a few weeks ago. The key highlight is the presence of a breathtaking autonomous driving system.
Stadler also confirmed that the Level 3 autonomous driving system will be activated as early as next year. He is waiting for the permission of legal framework before bringing in the self-driving functions into the production models from 2018.