2017 Audi Q8, 2018 Audi Q4 added to production lines

2017 Audi Q8, 2018 Audi Q4 added to production lines

AUDI will have a rival to the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and the BMW X4 on the market by 2019 as it ramps up plans to expand its growing SUV line-up.

The Audi Q4 will be built in Hungary from 2019, the first compact, coupe-silhouette SUV from the brand that will slot in between the smaller Q3 and the slightly larger Q5. Giving a hint at its origins, Audi will also move production of the Q3 from Spain to Hungary.

2017 Audi Q8, 2018 Audi Q4 added to production lines
But in bigger news, production of the flagship Q8 will start a year earlier in 2018. Audi has pitched the Q8 as “opening a new segment for its top-end models”.

“The premium SUV in a coupe style combines great spaciousness with emotive design and offers the latest technologies in assistance and infotainment systems,” it said.

2017 Audi Q8, 2018 Audi Q4 added to production lines
The Q8 – another coupe-styled SUV that is likely to take on the likes of the Maserati Levante and the Porsche Cayenne, will be built in Audi’s Slovak factory alongside the second-generation Audi Q7 and its plug-in electric spinoff, the Q7 e-tron.

The two SUVs are part of a big SUV push expected from Audi in the next few years. Other high-riding spin-offs are expected to include a 2.0-litre turbocharged Q2 S and more potent RS, a new Q5 RS featuring a turbocharged V6, and potentially an SQ8 featuring the same hybrid drivetrain as under the SQ7’s skin.

2017 Audi Q8, 2018 Audi Q4 added to production lines
Audi is believed to be close to revealing an all-new A8 limousine that will take the technology fight up to the box-fresh BMW 7 Series and soon-to-be-updated Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

It is also close to revealing a fifth generation of its A6 large sedan and wagon range, including potentially another generation of its A6 Allroad, a jacked-up, SUV-styled version of the wagon.

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