In his speech at Audi’s Annual Press Conference 2015, Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management at Audi AG for Technical Development confirmed that the company is set to introduce a new battery-powered “sports activity vehicle” in early 2018.
The SAV will sit in the large premium segment and have a driving range of more than 500 km. While Audi did not confirm a name, reports say it may use the ‘Q6’ branding.
The emissions-free crossover will be built on the second-generation of the automaker’s modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2) and have a new, appealing design, which is being developed for the e-tron range and battery-electric vehicles.
The announcement comes just a week after the Q7 e-tron and the R8 e-tron were unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The company is planning to electrify the drivetrains in its entire portfolio. Reducing CO2 emissions is one of its major goals, which it is trying to achieve by introducing plug-in hybrids, natural gas and battery-electric drive systems on its range; and by optimizing components of the vehicle, like lightweight construction for instance.
Audi A4 g-tron
Audi plans to have a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its portfolio in the future. In his speech, Dr. Hackenberg also confirmed that the next-generation Audi A4 will also be offered in a natural gas version which will be called the Audi A4 g-tron. The next-generation A4 will be built on the second generation of the modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2) and debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The natural gas version is expected to be exceptionally low on CO2 emissions, like the A3 g-tron which has its CO2 emissions figure marked at just 94 g/km.