Eye on the higher ground
Audi and BMW prepare for launches of top-end SUVS
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.