The Ingolstadt-based automaker has already officially announced it will have a trio of EVs by the end of the decade, with one of them taking the shape of a series production version of the E-Tron and coming in 2018.
But we don’t have any clues about the other two – until now that is. It appears the company chairman Rupert Stadler has come up with a concealed hint, saying “we will surprise you hopefully during 2017,” when asked by the media. He also said the model won’t be using the E-Tron’s 310-mile (500-km) range powertrain, instead making due with a smaller variant lending some 250-280 miles (400-450 km) on a single charge. These performance figures are also likely to use the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is known to produce vastly optimistic results. Stadler added the development team is “working very close together with Volkswagen guys” as the car in question will use the MEB platform – so we might be seeing Audi’s version of the I.D. concept (pictured).
The newly developed architecture will become the backbone of the VW Group’s environmental strategy in the near future and will likely be shared by numerous vehicles from its mainstream brands. Audi’s EV should also be previewed by a concept at a major auto show in 2017 before turning into a fully-fledged series production car sometime after the E-Tron’s market launch in 2018. The third EV is also reportedly in development – and taking the shape of a sports car that could compete with another reported model – the fully electric BMW i8.