Audi is about to embark on the next stage of its range expansion - and the choice facing Audi buyers is about to get even more confusing, with a flurry of crossovers, niche models and go-faster high-performance diesel models.
Chairman Rupert Stadler told CAR that the Audi range is going to be stretched by a further 10 models, as the new-model proliferation continues unabated.
‘We currently have 50 model lines and that will grow to 60 models by the end of the decade,’ Stadler revealed.
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Stadler refused to be drawn on the exact make-up of the extra 10 Audis heading to your nearest showroom, but gave CAR considerable guidance in an interview in Copenhagen overnight.
One model which is confirmed is the new Q1 crossover. The baby Q1 is the smallest SUV in Audi’s planned portfolio of SUVs and Stadler promised that it would be different enough from the A1, in the same way as the Q3 is distanced from the A3.
‘You’ll see the Q1 at the end of 2015 or possibly early 2016,’ he said. The Audi Q1 will be built at the Ingolstadt factory in Germany alongside the A3, A4 and A5.
‘The Audi Q1 is part of our broad-based SUV strategy. It is designed on the basis of the [MQB Golf-alike] modular transverse engine concept and will round off our Q series at the bottom end.’