Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any room for another SUV, German Giant Audi have come along and announced two new models.
The Q4 and Q8 are the latest in the already large Audi SUV lineup, which currently consists of the Q3, Q5, Q7 and the new baby SUV, the Q2. Oh, and don’t forget their sup’d up siblings, the SQ3, SQ5 and SQ7.
Audi have decided that 7 models aren’t enough and are now expanding the range to 9, or possibly 11 when they inevitably ad the SQ4 and SQ8 to the range. Oh and then there’s the electric models… you get the point.
The largest, the Q8 crossover-SUV is expected to hit the showrooms in 2018, with production kicking off in Bratislava, Slovakia next year. The smaller Q4 ‘compact utility vehicle’ will go into production in Győr, Hungary and is expected in 2019.
Professor Doctor Hubert Waltl, Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics had this to say. “We will integrate two completely new Q‑models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment,”
The Q8 is designed to open up a new segment for its high end models. Much like the Mercedes-Benz GLC model, the Q8 will feature a coupe design but boast loads of space inside. It will be fitted with the latest and greatest from Audi’s technology range and infotainment systems.
The Q4 on the other hand is part of the Compact Utility Vehicle (CUV) craze that is sweeping the world, and will join rivals such as the Ford Escape, Toyota Rav4 and Honda CR-V, but at a higher price, obviously. It’s designed to settle in between the Q3 and Q5 and will feature a “typical coupe-style silhouette”.
Audi Hungaria will also take on responsibility for the Q3 from the end of 2018, putting an end to the Spanish production of the popular Compact-SUV.
I for one didn’t realise we needed these models, but Audi are much smarter than this reporter, so we look forward to them joining the legions if SUV’s on the road!