The Audi Q2 has been confirmed and will arrive next year.
In announcing that the company plans to invest over € 3 billion ($3.3 billion) in 2016, Audi revealed that it will enter a new market segment with the Q2 model starting next year. Also making its debut in 2016 will be the successor of the Audi Q5, which we have seen testing in the spy photos above.
A large part of the sizable investment will go towards alternative drive systems said Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler. The German automaker plans to launch its first large-series, battery-electric vehicles in 2018, based on the Audi e-tron Quattro concept. By 2020, Audi will expand its model range to include 60 different vehicles.
Although Audi won’t shy away from investing into new technologies and models, the company will also keep a close eye on spending and continual cost improvements. As a result, the company’s Board of Management has decided to postpone building a new wind tunnel for one year.
Another part of the investment will be the company’s focus in recruiting additional experts in the field of future technologies including specialists in alternative drive systems and lightweight construction, as well as IT specialists that will further develop the fields of Audi connect, Audi mobility and smart factory in the context of digitization.