SUV to lead Audi’s new trio of EVS

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AUDI’S plans to launch three fully-elec­tric cars by 2020 are tak­ing shape – and the com­pany’s CEO Ru­pert Stadler has re­vealed more about the mod­els we can ex­pect.

“We de­cided to go the SUV way,” Stadler told Auto Ex­press. “Even though the ar­chi­tec­ture is a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult be­cause you don’t have the per­fect aero­dy­nam­ics, peo­ple love to sit in an SUV – and we have to re­spect the grow­ing trend of SUV seg­ments. I think this was two or three years ago ab­so­lutely the right de­ci­sion.”

Audi’s bat­tery-elec­tric SUV was pre­viewed by the Q6 e-tron (right), to­wards the end of 2015. Although the shape of the car has been fixed, the name hasn’t. It will def­i­nitely wear an e-tron badge, but isn’t likely to be called Q6.

Fol­low­ing on from the SUV, it’s ex­pected that Audi will launch a sports car to ri­val BMW’S i8. “There will be a very emo­tional shape on [the SUV] struc­ture. We will show some ideas soon,” said Stadler.

Fi­nally, there will be a com­pact car, likely to be sim­i­lar to Volk­swa­gen’s I.D. and based on the Group’s MEB elec­tri­cal ar­chi­tec­ture. “Thirdly, we are en­ter­ing, with the MEB with Volk­swa­gen, the more com­pact seg­ment,” con­firmed Stadler.

The smaller elec­tric Audi is ex­pected to share the I.D.’S 168bhp elec­tric mo­tor and a range of up to 375 miles.

Q6 e-tron pre­viewed Audi’s elec­tric fu­ture. SUV will join VW I.D. and BMW i8-sized cars

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