Audi reveals its manufacturing strategy for the Q8 and Q4 SUVs image

The Ingolstadt-based automaker has just officially confirmed the arrival of two new crossovers in its already comprehensive SUV lineup – the flagship Q8 and the quirky Q4.

The official confirmation was just something that needed to be done, as we already knew about them long before this announcement was made. Going for the range-topping SUV, then expect to buy a Q8 coupe-SUV, which is going to be about the same size as the second generation Q7, albeit with a smaller ground clearance and an angled roofline for sportier traits. You’re not going to buy a Made in Germany model though, because the company has revealed it will be produced at the manufacturing site in Bratislava, Slovakia, where the Q7 is also being assembled. And you’re not going to wait long for it, because dealerships will start receiving the first examples early in 2018.

Another new entry in the SUV lineup is the smaller Q4, which is going to follow the flagship Q8 about a year later, with production scheduled to kick off in Gyor, Hungary. Audi says it will be “very sporty,” but still based on the Q2, with coupe-SUV traits and sitting in the roster in between the Q3 and Q5, as the name implies. “We will integrate two completely new Q‑models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment,” Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, commented during the announcement.