Audi’s full autonomous vehicle is expected to launch in a “small series of cars” by 2021; redesigned A7 and A8 are also in the works
Last week, Audi had its annual general meeting held. The event was used to further proceed on with the future models and perhaps its launch timeline to fully enter the electric market alongside the necessities and development in self-driving technology.
It has been divulged that the German luxury automaker has taken the significant role in developing autonomous tech for the entire Volkswagen Group that seeks to be the global leader in terms of electrified mobility in the future.
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The new generation A8 is scheduled to provide Level 3 state of autonomous driving. Amidst that, Audi is working on driverless cars for urban conditions. However, it has refused to go deep into the specifications of the technology but it will be ready to be available for sale in a small series of cars by 2021 which is just four years away excitingly.
Two more launches confirmed are the Q4 and Q8. The latter was first showcased as a concept at the Detroit Motor Show in January before the potential range-topping SQ8 was previewed in Geneva. It featured a newly developed petrol-electric hybrid powertrain claimed to achieve 0-100 kmph acceleration in just 4.7 seconds while capable of an overall range of up to 1,200 km courtesy of 0.9kWh lithium ion battery pack.
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Also confirmed were the three electric vehicles by the end of this decade. Audi will be gradually feeding the battery-electric powertrain into its “core series”. The new strategy is part of Audi’s plans to sell one third of its total vehicles as partially or fully electric powered models midway through next decade.
Audi is concentrating on its top-of-the-range models as well as it is going to launching the restyled A7 and A8. It could be introduced right up against the upcoming BMW 8-Series.
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