In his speech at Audi’s Annual Press Conference 2015, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG confirmed two new models – Audi Q1 and the Audi Q8, to be added in the company’s product portfolio in the coming five years. The company has plans to expand its product range from present 52 to more than 60 models by 2020.
The Audi Q1 will be an entry-level crossover and the most affordable model in the Q range. Mr. Stadler said that the entry-level Q-range model will join its portfolio at the end of 2016, though he wasn’t specific whether the car will be unveiled or have a market launch then.
Also announced at the conference was the Audi Q8. This premium SUV will sit in the large luxury segment, as an arch rival to the Range Rover. Every aspect on the feature and luxury aspects missed by the Q7 will be offered on this SUV. Of course, this SUV will top the company’s Q-range of SUVs and crossovers.
The second-generation modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2)-based fifth-generation Audi A4 will be unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The fourth-generation A8 luxury saloon will arrive in 2017 and will be the first Audi to feature autonomous driving technology. Mr. Stadler says that the all-new A8 has traffic-jam pilot on board and offers piloted parking. The company is currently testing piloted driving in Germany, USA and Asia.