SUV to lead Audi’s new trio of EVS
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.