Future Audi lineup to be reconfigured for gas and EV models

Future Audi lineup to be reconfigured for gas and EV models

  • While Audi is planning several new electric models, the gas cars will remain for the time being.
  • Cars such as the A4 and A6 will be renamed to fit existing odd-numbered models to differentiate them from even-numbered EV nameplates.
  • The TT and R8 sports cars will cease to exist, but the Q5 and Q7 SUVs will make it to the next generation, and may join the Q9 lineup.

2023 is going to be another slow year for Audi—a few facelifts and the arrival of the new Q6 e-tron—but 2024 and 2025 will be bumper years for the four rings. A whopping 17 and 15 launches have been penciled into two tight twelve month deadlines. While most rivals have put all their money on EVs, CEO Markus Deussmann and his team will continue to introduce new ICE models through the middle and end of 2020, and no end until Europe announces a registration ban for new petrol and diesel . -engined passenger cars take effect in 2035.

Let’s look at the ICE ranks step by step to see how the lineup will be rearranged. (The EV lineup is an entirely different story, but expect the “e-tron” designation to be dropped altogether and revert to names like the E4 and E6 at some point.) For all future ICE Audis The common platform used is named PPC. Short for Premium Platform Combustion. Gasoline cars will be given odd-numbered names to differentiate them from even-numbered EV models.

A4 becomes A5, A6 becomes A7

Audi Future EV Gas Models

Audi E4

Illustration by Christian Schulte,car and driver
Audi Future EV Gas Models

Audi A5 Avant

Illustration by Christian Schulte,car and driver

Audi will launch the A5 sedan and Avant wagon next year, which used to carry the A4 moniker. Completing this trio is the new A5 Sportback. Also due in 2024 is the new A7, again in sedan and Avant form, both of which are currently listed as the A6. Confusing? Absolutely. The A7 Sportback arrives in 2025 alongside the second-generation A5 coupe and cabriolet. All of the above is good to go through 2031 and 2032.

SUV and performance model

A similar life span applies to the next Q3 and Q3 Sportback scheduled for 2024, the last-of-its-kind Q5 (2024) and Q5 Sportback (2025), as well as the final Q7 due in mid-2025. Instead of the rumored Q7 Sportback, we could see a plusher and more upmarket Q9 worthy of the Horch badge in China.

In addition to mainstream offerings, PPC will offer a full line of performance hybrid S and RS models, good for up to 550 hp in the top-of-the-line A5s and over 700 hp in the V-6-engined RS7 performance. Will be Will again be available as a sedan, wagon and sportback.

Sports cars said goodbye, the A3 sticks

Two of the marque’s ICE legends, the TT and the R8, are living on borrowed time. The TT is due to be phased out later this year, and there’s no definitive successor in sight, but if the new regime in Wolfsburg is really serious about the mould-breaking Synergy effects, Audi could still eventually introduce its new version. may be able to sell. Fully electric Porsche 718 replacement next year. Since the charismatic V-10 engine is unsuitable to overcome European emissions constraints, the R8 bites the dust next year. Its fully electric replacement, which may find second homes with Bentley and Lamborghini, is expected to use the SSP61 architecture conceived at Weissach.

Audi Future EV Gas Models

Audi E3

Illustration by Christian Schulte,car and driver

The A3, however, will soldier on until 2026, when its successor adopts the advanced electric MEB+ platform, or until 2028 when even more sophisticated SSP3 components will be available, as determined by VW. more sophisticated? The Scalable Systems platform ups the electric ante in all key departments, from range to charging time to energy density. The next A3 should be badged E3, reducing the even-numbered run.

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contributing editor

Although I was born the only son of an ornithologist and a postal clerk, it was clear from the start that bird watching and stamp collecting were not my forte. If I had known that God wanted me to grow to 6’8″, I too would have refused to have anything to do with cars, attributing that to slipped discs, torn ligaments, and stupid posture behind the wheel. working as a keeper at Aberdeen Zoo, smuggling cheap cigarettes from Yugoslavia to Germany, and failing to make ends meet even with an embarrassing interlude with an amateur drama group, finding driving and writing about cars a better option And it still is, many years later, as I approach my 70th birthday. I love every aspect of my job except for the long-haul flights on lousy airlines, and I hope it Will see

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