Eye on the higher ground

Audi and BMW pre­pare for launches of top-end SUVS

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Gotcha! - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@cars­guide.com.au

THE fu­ture of SUVs is look­ing good, thanks to BMW and Audi.

Both mar­ques have big things brew­ing for the next year that will bring more style and sub­stance to the top end of the peo­ple-mover busi­ness. BMWis al­most ready with a re­newal of its bench­mark X5 and Audi is mov­ing into the cross­over coupe busi­ness with a Q6.

This, ac­cord­ing to the Carparazzi pic­ture agency and based on its scoop pic­tures, is how the two new­com­ers will look in show­rooms.

The X5 is com­ing first and it’s likely that BMW will preview its SUV star at the Frank­furt mo­tor show in Septem­ber.

The first de­liv­er­ies of the new­comer are ex­pected by Novem­ber in Aus­tralia, with a range of new tech­nolo­gies, greener en­gines and a price that is largely un­changed from to­day’s.

De­tails on the Q6 are not as clear, al­though Audi chiefs in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal boss Wolf­gang Durheimer con­tinue to drop big hints about ex­tra SUVs build­ing from the me­chan­i­cal plat­forms of the ex­ist­ing Q3, Q5 and Q7.

Audi has al­ready pre­viewed the Q2 cross­over with its Cross­lane Coupe con­cept, hint­ing it will be ready for pro­duc­tion in 2015.

Carparazzi be­lieves the Q6 will be next as the com­pany moves up­mar­ket with a ri­val to the strong-sell­ing BMW X6.

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