Audi innovations until 2025

All about Q3, E-Tron Sportback GT and Q8 series

Audi’s product offensive will bring the small A1, the new Q3 and the SUV coupe Q8 in 2018. In electric cars, the Porsche Mission E-derivative E-Tron GT comes as the third and last model, which is not based on a kit.

By 2025, 13 new electric models from two kits are planned. In the medium term, all conventional models at Audi will feature at least a mild hybrid as standard and, depending on the segment, a 48-volt or less expensive 12-volt vehicle electrical system. By the year 2025, there will be an electrified variant in every Audi model series – all-electric or as a plug-in hybrid. This range of products has the ambitious goal of selling around 800,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids in 2025. Here are the upcoming models at a glance.

Audi Q3 – 2018

The second smallest SUV is already in mid-2018 new. The second generation of the Q3 will grow a bit. Finally, the new Audi Q3 has to let down the Audi Q2. So the competitor for BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA in the length of 4.39 meters to 4.45, his wheelbase grows from 2.60 to 2.65 meters and also the width of originally 1.83 meters increases by a whopping five Inch to, the trunk grows to 400 liters – in the predecessor there were still 356 liters. Technically, the Q3 is based on the Modular Transverse Toolbox (MQB). Motorization and drive are predictable accordingly – what there is, for example, in the VW Tiguan, is likely to have in Q3, stronger variants, there will be a few more, a successor to the RS Q3 is set.

Audi E-Tron – 2018

It will be the first all-electric SUV of the brand and should stop models like the Model X by Tesla. Presumably, the over two-ton production model will take over the dimensions of the concept car in about. They are 4.88 in length, 1.93 meters in width and 1.54 in height, with a wheelbase of 2.91 meters. The trunk volume ranges from 615 to 1,725 liters.

Audi’s battery capacity is 95 kWh – just 5 kWh less than the largest Tesla battery in the P-100-D models (S or X). The electric SUV is set to travel 400 kilometers – following the considerably more realistic WLTP cycle, which will replace the obsolete NEDC in brochures in September. When it comes to cockpit design, the E-Tron is based on the Audi A8.

Audi E-Tron Sportback – 2019

Audi’s second all-electric model will be using the same technology as the E-Tron. So that means: outstanding performance, large battery, fast charging. The optics are reminiscent of an A7 with SUV substructure. The Coupé form should offer less space in the interior, but the lines are sportier and more attractive than the sister model. Both e-cars are still based on a modified, adapted to electric drive platform based on the Modular Longitudinal Construction Kit (MLB).

Audi Q5, A7, A6 L and Q8 Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

Audi will expand its range of PHEVs to all series in order to achieve the CO2 targets and to offer some locally emission-free cars for cities. An Audi Q5 Hybrid is expected in 2018, the A7 PHEV in 2019, and the A6 L as a plug-in hybrid in China by the end of 2019 should help to earn bonus points as a New Energy Vehicle. In 2020, the SUV Coupé as a hybrid – as a supplement to the purely electric E-Tron Sportback.

Audi Robotaxi (Showcar) – 2019

On a chart of the presentation for the Annual General Meeting in May 2018, there is also an Audi Robotaxi (+ ecosystem). The sharing concept car will be presented in 2019. Fits that Audi apparently wants to participate shortly afterwards in the Moia Robotaxis of VW. But is a taxi for sharing still premium?

Audi E-Tron GT – 2020

On the basis of the Porsche electric sports car E-Tron, there should also be an Audi derivative with pure electric drive. The E-Tron GT receives the typical E-Tron look with the inverse single-frame grill, relies on the 800 volt technology of the Porsche and on the underfloor battery pack with a capacity of 100 kWh. The performance should be higher than those of the Audi RS 7, built the racer under the label Audi Sport (formerly quattro GmbH).

Audi E-Tron compact – 2020

In order for the share of pure-electric cars to increase significantly, Audi also has to offer BEV in the volume segment. For this purpose, Audi is using the Modular Electric Modular System (MEB) from Volkswagen, which is suitable for up to 305 hp and front and four-wheel drive. By 2025, three models will be released based on this. The first will be a compact car, so something like an electric A3 with the technical basis of the VW ID He should come in 2020 on the market. A name is not set yet.

Audi Premium Platform Electrification (PPE) – 2021

The electrification offensive of Audi is called Roadmap E. After the three models with proprietary technology (E-Tron, E-Tron Sportback and E-Tron GT) should be used for development “consistently two major synergy levers in the Volkswagen Group” , In addition to the modular electrical construction kit (MEB), Audi is working with Porsche to develop mid, luxury and luxury e-cars in premium architecture electrification (PPE). The co-operations are intended to substantially reduce development costs – compared to auto motor und sport, Stadler estimated the savings potential at 30 percent.

At the same time, the PPE is a clear commitment to the premium segment – and powerful cars with more than 300 hp (where the MEB ends). Nevertheless, the investment volume in electromobility and digitization according to Audi is 40 billion euros – with about ten billion coming from the synergies and efficiency gains. Audi plans to present more than ten models based on the PPE by 2025, the first of which is scheduled to be seen as early as 2021. The PPE is intended for cars in size and power level of E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, but comes too late for these first electric cars could build on it.

Audi Aicon (pilot fleet) – 2021

Audi already presented the Aicon as a study of an autonomous luxury car at the IAA 2017. Of course, a Level 2 or 5 autonomously driving car 2021 can not yet go into production. But on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the “Vorsprung durch Technik” brand claim, Peter Mertens, Chief Technical Officer of Audi, wants to present at least one pilot fleet. The electric car based on the show car Audi Aicon will be “An interurban shuttle with lounge character”. By the middle of the decade, it will come as a “series car of automated driving,” says Mertens.

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