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Audi Confirms Q8, All-Electric Crossover

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/10/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Audi Confirms Q8, All-Electric Crossover

A slew of new models and innovations will arrive in Audi's lineup over the next few years, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg announced today during a speech in Ingolstadt, Germany. The automaker confirmed it will introduce two large crossovers -- including the Q8 and an all-electric model -- and has also outlined a very near-term plan for autonomous driving.

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Audi says that a new Q8 model will be offered as a sporty Q variant, slotting above the all-new Q7. In 2018, Audi will bring out an all-electric crossover that promises over 310 miles of range. It will be built on the automaker's second-generation MLB platform that can accommodate a variety of different drivetrains. We can expect much more information on this model by the end of this year.

As fuel economy regulations tighten, Audi is also looking toward fuel-efficient engines in the future. Soon, models with TDI engines will come standard with electrically-driven turbocharging. Originally shown on the RS 5 TDI concept, the technology will eventually make its way to production cars and will improve performance and reduce C02 emissions. Audi is also committed to hydrogen, having introduced a fuel-cell A7 h-tron Quattro model that is now ready for series development.

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Audi also claims that self-driving cars will become a reality much sooner than you may have thought. By 2017, Audi will introduce an A8 model with autonomous driving technology. The automaker says it will be the first model to transition from assisted to piloted driving, although it is unclear how many units will roll out. Currently, Audi is seeking political support for this technology and plans to test it out with the help of the German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, who recently declared the Autobahn A9 as a test highway for these models.

In the past, we've heard that Audi is cooking up a variety of other surprises. In late 2013, Audi confirmed an entry-level Q1 model is coming to market in 2016. We've also heard rumors of Q4 and Q6 models, although those cannot be confirmed as of yet. What we do know is that Audi plans to expand its portfolio from 52 to 60 products in the next five years.

Source: Audi

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