The Ingolstadt-based automaker has had to delay the introduction of the next generation A3 compact series as well as its newest crossover model – the Q4 – due to the Dieselgate scandal.
The delays are attributed to the work done on the fix for the diesel cars affected by the scandal, according to reports from Automotive News Europe and Auto Motor und Sport. Apparently the engineers are busy working on updating the software and hardware of the diesel vehicles that were produced with the cheating device. In 2015 the German company refreshed the A3, and the latest update was the introduction of a new turbo 2.0-liter in place of the old 1.8 TSI – and in the near future we’ll be seeing in showrooms the hardcore RS3 sedan.
Meanwhile, the all new Q4 – which should do battle with the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe – was previewed with the TT Offroad Concept quite a while ago, during the 2014 Beijing Motor Show. But the series production version is not coming until 2021 – when the competitors will be looking at second generation models for their series. Apparently the delay has to do with the new generation families of petrol and diesel engines, which are behind with the development timeframe – as they should premiere in the new hatchback and crossover.