Audi’s new E-Tron electric SUV will take off in the US in the coming months. It’s a major step for the German automaker’s electrification plans, yet things being what they are, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
At an event at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Wednesday, organization officials affirmed the brand will launch 30 electrified vehicles by the year 2025. The key word here is electrified – as in, not really completely electric. Cars like the recently announced A6, A7, A8 and Q5 plug-in hybrids count toward this 30-vehicle goal.
Following the launch of the E-Tron SUV this spring, Audi will bring the E-Tron Sportback – likely called E-Tron Performance – to showcase. It packs every one of the goodies of the standard E-Tron in a kind of hybrid coupe shape. At the end of the day, it’s an E-Tron SUV with a more heavily raked roofline and somewhat wider proportions.
In 2020, Audi will launch the Q4 E-Tron, which rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo electric vehicle architecture. As we revealed before, the production Q4 E-Tron will look strikingly like the concept vehicle, the production Q4 E-Tron will look remarkably similar to the concept car from this year’s Geneva Motor Show, directly down to the funky, customizable LED running lights.
The E-Tron GT will likewise touch base in 2020, and will share some of its components to the upcoming Porsche Taycan, including another, 800-volt charging system. Much like the Q4 E-Tron, the production GT will look to some extent like the concept from last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, however, it, as well, will gain real door handles and more finishing around the front fascia.
Early next decade, various electrified Audis will launch on the organization’s new PPE architecture, co-developed with Porsche. It’s unclear precisely what Audi has coming up for this PPE platform, however, Porsche has effectively affirmed the cutting-edge Macan SUV will use this electrified base.