Audi Q2 and new Q5 locked in for 2016, full-electric SUV due 2018
The coming of a new 2016 Audi Q2 has been announcing this week, at last confirming reports that the carmaker has overcome an earlier trademark issue.
Speaking on the company’s upcoming investment plans, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler also confirmed a debut this year for the new 2016 Audi Q5 mid-sized SUV.
Stadler also reaffirmed a 2018 launch for Audi’s first “large-series” battery electric vehicle, based – as expected – on the recent e-tron quattro concept. This likely hints at the long-anticipated, but still unconfirmed, ‘Q6’ model.
The Q2’s debut will mark Audi’s first foray into the compact SUV market, while the new 2016 Q5 will replace the nearly eight year-old first-generation model.
Prototypes of the Q2 were last seen touring the frozen highways of Germany in December. Light camouflage obscured the finer details, although it is clear that Audi’s familiar styling language will lead the way.
And, as expected, the Q2’s shape will be of a practical cargo-lugging form, with a tall and only lightly tapered roofline finishing at a relatively upright tailgate.
Expect a Geneva motor show debut for the Q2 in March, and learn more about the new model here.
The new Q5 has also been spied testing in recent months, again revealing styling and proportions inspired by the newly revealed A4 range and the big new-generation Q7.
Both new SUVs, along with the so-called Q6, will contribute to a 2020 target that calls for a full 60 models across the global Audi range.
Watch for the Q2 and new Q5 to appear in the months ahead.
CarAdvice has contacted Audi Australia for details on local launch timing for both offerings. Watch this space.
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