Part of a 3-billion-euro investment strategy for 2016, Audi plans to introduce a new Q5 and also to bring a smaller Q2 to its SUVs line-up.
The Ingolstadt-based company wants to extend its sport utility vehicles range in 2016 by adding a small Q2 and also by launching a new Q5. This announcement comes as part of Audi’s investment plan for next year, the intended capital expenditure being more than 3 billion euros. It has been a while since the premium automaker has brought something new to its Q range. Therefore, Audi will venture into a new market segment with the Q2 model, a car that will probably rival with the next BMW Countryman. However, the Q5 successor arrival is an obvious step, as the current model was launched back in 2008 and received a facelift in 2012.
The Four Rings brand is also promising that it will launch its first large series battery electric vehicle in 2018, based on the e-tron Quattro concept. By 2020, Audi says it will expand its model range to include 60 different automobiles. “A significant proportion of our investment is naturally in the field of alternative drive systems,” stated Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. The luxury automaker already confirmed in November that the Q6 e-tron sport utility vehicle will hit the production line in 2018 and is set to come with an all-electric range of 310 miles.
In terms of alternative technologies, Audi also admitted it was ready to bring into the light a hydrogen car that promises to reshape the green car industry when it arrived. The mysterious FCV will be built on previous hydrogen-powered A2 and Q5 concepts, as well as the current A7 Sportback h-tron quattro, which uses an electric drive with a fuel cell as its energy source, in combination with a hybrid battery and an additional electric motor in the rear.