Audi plans to boost Q family of offroaders
Audi is planning to expand its successful range of Q-badged crossover SUVs. The aim is to slot in a range of more elegant spin-offs for customers who prefer less aggressive-looking offroaders, said Audi-boss Rupert Stadler.
According to Germany's Autobild motoring newspaper, the Q2, Q4, Q6 and Q8 models on the drawing board will offer a toned-down off-road image compared to the current luxury sports utility Q5 and Q7. Both of these cars ride high and offer four-wheel drive as standard. "The SUV sector is growing, not only in North America and China but also in Europe," said Stadler, DPA reported.
It is not clear whether a new entry-level Q2 will be offered in two-door and four-door form but five engine options have been pencilled-in. These range from a 1.4-litre petrol unit with 125 or 185 horsepower to three diesels with power ratings of between 115 and 220 horsepower. Meanwhile, a new top-of-the-range Q8 coupe will use the Q7 platform. A revamped Q7 is set to make its debut in summer 2014, followed by an all-new Q5 from late 2016.