Audi, today, at its annual conference, confirmed its plans of introducing the new A4, Q1, Q5, Q8 and the previously hinted at, 'A8'. The new A4 will be based on Audi’s very own Modular Longitudinal Platform (MLB) Evo architecture, which would make the car up to 100 kilograms lighter. The Car would also feature LED and matrix laser lights, a new interface for the infotainment system and an e-quattro hybrid terrain.
The compact Audi Q1 is slated to be the company’s new entry level SUV and is believed to be in similar in size with the A3 and would be positioned beneath the Q3. Besides the Q1, the company is also planning its next generation of Q5s to aggressively take on the BMW X3. The company also plans to rival the BMW X6 with its yet to be finalized sporty crossover derivative – the Q6. There are reports of the Q8 to be based on the Q7 but to be more coupe-like.
The company had also previously confirmed the A8 luxury saloon, which is to be the first Audi to make the jump from assisted to piloted-driving technology as demonstrated in the RS7 concept. Audi has also made its plans of taking the Tesla head on with its yet to be named all electric crossover.
The A4 is most likely to be debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the A8 somewhere in 2017 whereas the electric crossover ( most probably the Q6 e-tron) is due for 2018. With these additions to the lineup, Audi plans to expand its portfolio from the present 52 to over 60 models in the next five years. Interestingly enough, Audi does not own the badges ‘Q2’ or ‘Q4’, so there’ll be no Audi models by these names unless it buys the rights to them.