When Audi announced the Artemis project to speed up development of zero-emissions vehicles, it briefly mentioned a “highly efficient electric car” due by 2024. This lead to speculations about the model’s identity, with some suggesting it would be a small city-oriented EV. However, Autocar claims it will be the exact opposite.
Rumored to get the Audi A9 E-Tron moniker, the new range-topping electric car from the Four Rings will serve as Audi’s answer to the Mercedes EQS, Jaguar XJ, and the next-generation BMW 7 Series Electric. The British publication claims it will have roughly the same size as the A7 Sportback while offering an interior space similar to the larger A8.
Its internal codename is believed to be a rather BMW-esque “E6” and while the car is still in its infancy, rumor has it the designers and engineers will shape the Audi A9 E-Tron as a sporty sedan or a more practical liftback. In regards to styling, Autocar claims it will take after the 2017 Aicon concept pictured here. The aforementioned Artemis project could also involve an electric successor of the funky A2 along with production versions of the AI: Trail 4×4 and the AI: Race concepts.
These models are all part of an EV onslaught the Volkswagen Group is working on, with the ultimate goal being to launch 75 fully electric cars and 60 plug-in hybrids by the end of the decade. The comprehensive electrification agenda will be made possible through a massive investment of €60 billion. Audi has already disclosed plans to put 20 EVs and 10 PHEVs on the market by the middle of the decade by spending €37 billion.
Meanwhile, there are some big EV coming up as the E-Tron GT and Q4 E-Tron will be unveiled in production guise before the year’s end. Debuting July 7, the Q4 Sportback E-Tron concept will preview a swoopy version of Audi’s forthcoming electric SUV we could see on sale as early as 2021.