The Audi Q8 was a big hit at both the Detroit and Geneva Motor Shows. It showed off the idea of a plug-in hybrid SUV that packs a hefty amount of power and an impressive overall range. It also looked good, with styling reminiscent of the original Audi Quattro. The four-ringed brand also has another sporty SUV in the pipeline, the Audi Q4, which will begin production just one year after the Q8.
“We will integrate two completely new Q?models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment,” said Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl, Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics.
The Audi Q8 will begin production in 2018, in Bratislava, Slovakia. It will be Audi’s most high-end SUV and also its most high-end hybrid. So the Q8 will sort of set the tone for Audi moving forward, being a flagship model for the brand in two different segments.
As for the Audi Q4, it will start production in 2019, at the Gy?r, Hungary plant. While the Q8 will be the brand’s flagship SUV, the Audi Q4 will sit lower in the lineup, in between the Q3 and Q5, obviously. But it will be sportier than both and feature more coupe-like styling. Think of the BMW X4, as that car sort of created the segment that the Q4 will eventually be competing in.
We’re excited to see what Audi has in store for the Q8. We already know that car’s going to be an impressive and expensive hybrid SUV. However, the Q4 will be something smaller, something more fun and more affordable. It will also compete with the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe directly. This makes it the more interesting car of the two and we’re anxious to get more info from Audi about it.