The coronavirus pandemic has had a great impact on the automotive industry not just in terms of car production and customer demand, but also as far as reveals are concerned. Some companies had no other way but to postpone the scheduled premieres, while others decided to organize online-only events in the absence of auto shows.
The COVID-19 outbreak didn’t stop Audi from introducing the A3 Sportback and A3 Sedan earlier this year, and it won’t prevent them from unveiling two important EVs before the end of 2020. We’re talking about the production versions of the 2018 E-Tron GT and the 2019 Q4 E-Tron concepts. Both zero-emissions vehicles are still on track to premiere this year, as per a statement made by Paul Sansom, Audi Australia managing director.
In an interview with Australian magazine Motoring during the local debuts of the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, Sansom confirmed the two new EVs “will make their global debut before the end of this year.” He also reiterated the company’s ambitious plan to introduce a whopping 30 hybrid and electric cars by the middle of the decade. At least one of them is said to stem from the newly announced Artemis project, which Audi is working on to fast track the development of electric cars.
Interestingly, Motoring speculates one of the 30 green cars due by 2025 could possibly be a fuel cell model as part of a tie-up with Hyundai to work on hydrogen tech. It would become the first true production fuel cell Audi as previous H-Tron-badged models were concepts and prototypes.
As for the E-Tron GT and the Q4 E-Tron, the former will be Audi’s version of the Porsche Taycan while the latter will serve as a premium alternative to the Volkswagen ID.4. We’re already at the halfway point of 2020, so it won’t be long before the teaser campaigns for the two EVs will commence. If the Paris Motor Show (October) and Los Angeles Auto Show (November) will still take place, these could be the venues where Audi might introduce the hotly anticipated models.