The appearance on the market of compact electric cars BMW i3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive encouraged Audi to develop its own electric citycar.
The new electric car will be built by a company from Ingolstadt as part of a strategy to increase annual sales of the brand to 2.4 million cars. Audi expects to achieve this mark with the help of new models by 2020. According to WCF, the Audi electric car will be designed on the basis of the Volkswagen Up! Citycar, whose platform is suitable for installing both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. According to rumors, the new Audi will be equipped with a 115-strong environmentally friendly unit with a maximum torque of 270 Nm. The engine will be powered by a set of 18.5 kWh lithium-ion batteries, one charge of which is enough for the car to cover 200 km.
Together with an electric car based on Up! Audi will soon introduce Q6 and Q8 crossovers in its product line. Unofficial sources report that the range of pest Q6, which will act as a rival to the BMW X6, will consist of 4- and 6-cylinder turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines and a hybrid power plant that combines a 333-horsepower gasoline V-shaped “six” and an electric motor with power 47 h.
The “SUV” Audi Q8 with a sloping line will receive, as previously reported, a lightweight aluminum platform and a body made of composite materials. Despite its impressive size, the new product will be 300 kg lighter than the current generation Q7. The Audi Q8 line of power plants can include gasoline and diesel engines V6 and V8, a hybrid power unit with the ability to recharge batteries from the mains of the Porsche cars.
The cost of the new flagship crossover Audi will be approximately £ 100,000.