By on May 22, 2015

Audi Q7

Audi is set to launch a new flagship SUV in 2019, as well as an EV crossover in 2018, both part of the automaker’s 2020 model expansion plan.

The 2019 Q8 and yet-to-be-named EV will help reinforce Audi’s place in the Chinese and U.S. auto markets, with the aim of beating BMW and keeping Mercedes-Benz at bay, Automotive News Europe reports. The Q8 will share its platform with the Q7 and feature styling similar to the BMW X6, while the EV will likely be based upon the Q5 and boast a 310-mile range.

By the time the two vehicles hit the market, Audi will have to face down increased competition from the likes of Bentley, Maserati, Jaguar and Tesla, the former three gunning for the high-end luxury SUV market with their respective models — Bentayga, Levante and F-Pace — while Tesla will be waiting for the EV with its own, the Model X.

Prior to their debuts, the automaker will introduce a new Q7 and TT this year, followed by the Q1 subcompact crossover in 2016. The overall plan is to have 60 models available for sale around the world by 2020, up from 52 right now.

[Source: Audi]

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11 Comments on “Audi Introducing EV Crossover In 2018, Q8 Flagship SUV In 2019...”


  • avatar
    redliner

    ” …EV crossover in 2018″

    This is funny because Audi/VW have always been a generation behind on bringing relevant SUVs to market. With this new EV, they may actually be among the first in the class instead of the last.

    • 0 avatar
      Spartan

      By the time Audi gets their EV to market, Volvo would have quietly made large strides and taken a lot of market share that Audi would have had. Audi, BMW and MB are late to the EV party and Volvo was actually smart enough to launch a vehicle in a segment with some volume. Smart move.

      This will be interesting over the next few years, but out of all of the luxury SUV players in the Q7’s class, the XC90 is the one to buy right now.

      • 0 avatar
        Superdessucke

        Americans aren’t going to buy an expensive Chinese truck in any numbers, sorry. Yeah, I know, it’s still built in Sweden, the “they took our jawbs” mentality is for idiots, blah blah. Look at Volvo sales recently and the resale value of their used cars. They stinks.

        • 0 avatar
          Spartan

          The “they took our jawbs” crowd couldn’t afford either of these cars and those who can afford these don’t care about China anymore than they care about the Indians owning Land Rover. Also Volvo’s recent sales don’t reflect the new XC90.

        • 0 avatar
          tremorcontrol

          I’m guessing that if we had these types of stupid internet forums back in 1994, your doppelganger back then would have been saying “Audi is toast — they’ll never get any market share…” Got any hot stock tips to share?

        • 0 avatar
          tremorcontrol

          “Expensive Chinese Truck” –> I’m pretty sure people weren’t calling Volvo under Ford ownership an “Expensive American Truck”. Keep up the xenophobia and passive racism. Looks good on you.

      • 0 avatar
        hreardon

        Volvo ceased being a relevant player in the United States a good 20 years ago. They are today where Audi was circa 1994: almost dead.

        We all know that the XC90 is their Hail Mary product, and from first glances I agree: it’s solid looking. However, rebuilding a brand takes time – lots of it – and solid investment in both product and marketing. I don’t see Volvo regaining its former status anytime in the near future – those buyers, along with Saab, have moved on.

        Product is only one part of the equation – just look at Madza, who with accolades and solid product just cannot seem to move the needle.

        • 0 avatar
          tremorcontrol

          I’m guessing that if we had these types of stupid internet forums back in 1994, your doppelganger back then would have been saying “Audi is toast — they’ll never get any market share…” Got any hot stock tips to share?

      • 0 avatar
        Gregg

        You are correct.

  • avatar
    RideHeight

    “Audi is set to launch…”

    As in “just about two Olympics from now”?


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