Audi is ready to move beyond parent company Volkswagen’s diesel car scandal as it prepares to launch new sporty models and electrified powertrains.
Sporty small cars and refreshed sedans will set drive Audi’s product lineup in the next several years, according to a new model showcase in Automotive News. Audi has been releasing more details on its goal of having plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicles make up 25 percent of its sales by 2025.
Fast, high-performance engines will be the heart of the new vehicles. A new A3 with a 2.0-liter Miller cycle engine is coming out by end of year or January. Adding to that A3/S3 family will be the RS 3 during the first half of next year with its turbocharged, 2.5-liter, inline five-cylinder engine that will get more than 400 horsepower.
The A4/S4 flagship sedan has been redesigned for 2017 and will show up in showrooms in April. Its sporty S4 will carry the same aluminum 3.0-liter V-6 with 350 hp, the same powertrain used in the European-market S4.
The Audi A6/S6 models will come out in 2018 with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter V-6 engines. Audi says it will be offered an e-tron plug-in hybrid, with U.S. sales likely to happen.
The Audi e-tron Quattro all-electric crossover vehicle was Audi’s star of the show at last year’s Frankfurt auto show. Audi said it will go on sale in 2018 as the lead model in its electrified vehicle campaign, with U.S. sales expected to start in 2019.
The e-tron Quattro will be similar in size to the Audi Q7, and will be competing with the Tesla Model X. The concept car had a 310-mile per charge range, though that may have been based on European NEDC estimates.
The sporty S7 and high-performance RS-7 will be redesigned, with e-tron plug-in hybrid variants coming out later. The Q8 large utility vehicle will be launched in 2019, and will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
On the autonomous vehicle front, look for Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot. That will debut in the A8/S8 redesign rollout in 2018. The Traffic Jam Pilot will bring the first-ever Level 3 autonomous driving system to market, Audi said, but its launch date hasn’t been announced.
It may be in the pilot test phase in the next-generation A8. Traffic Jam Pilot will offer hands-free driving at speeds of up to 37 mph without driver involvement, the automaker said.