Audi has confirmed that it will be adding two new models to its ever-expanding crossover/SUV family, with the Q8 and Q4 set to go into production over the next two years.
Audi is hopeful that the new Q models will “increase its competitiveness in an extremely important segment.”
Audi Q8 to sit at the top of the SUV family tree
The Audi Q8, which has already been previewed at both the Detroit and Geneva motor shows this year in different configurations, will sit at the top of a full range of eight Audi Q-model crossover/SUV models when it enters production in 2018. Like the A8 saloon to be unveiled later this year, it will feature the company’s latest efforts in assistance and infotainment systems.
The new Audi Q8 will be produced alongside its Q7 sister in Bratislava, Slovakia, at the Volkswagen Group production plant that also produces the Volkswagen Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and new Bentley Bentayga.
Audi Q4 plugs yet another niche
The Q4 will be a coupé-style small crossover, based on the existing Audi Q3 compact SUV and using the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform.
Production will commence in 2019 in Győr, Hungary, where the Audi TT range is currently assembled. Audi Q3 production will also move to the Hungarian plant next year, from its current assembly site at SEAT’s Martorell factory.