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Audi to Build Electric Crossover to Compete with Tesla Model X

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/4/2014 Erick Ayapana

As we wait for the Tesla Model X to come to fruition, Audi recently announced it still plans on launching a model to compete with the all-electric crossover.

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Previous rumors suggested the EV powertrain would go to the upcoming Q8, a more stylish version of the next-generation Q7. It will reportedly get a similar system as the all-electric R8 e-tron supercar, with two electric motors driving the front and rear wheels. Automotive News reports that the R8 EV will launch sometime next year, followed by the electric crossover in 2017. The R8 may also be offered in plug-in hybrid form, and the same would likely be true for the crossover. 2015 Audi Q7 Prototype Spied Front Left View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Audi Q7 Prototype Spied Front Left View

That said, details on the powertrain aren’t available since development work is still underway. Audi will ensure the EV powertrain meets U.S. regulations and the crossover will likely travel at least 300 miles per charge in order to compete with the upcoming Model X, which itself is based on the successful Model S sedan.

The electric R8 and crossover is just the beginning of Audi’s plan to expand its EV and hybrid offerings. The automaker, for example, plans on adding a plug-in hybrid vehicle to its lineup every year, starting with the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid that’s slated to arrive in U.S. showrooms by fall 2015. That car combines a 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 with an electric motor and is estimated to have an all-electric range of around 19 miles.2015 Audi Q7 Prototype Spied Left Side© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Audi Q7 Prototype Spied Left Side

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

2015 Audi Q7 Prototype Spied Front Left Side© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Audi Q7 Prototype Spied Front Left Side
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