We already know of Audi’s plans to create an all-electric SUV, likely dubbed the Audi Q6. It’s set to take on the Tesla Model X and will have a range of over 300 miles. However, the four-ringed brand is also now looking to create a high-end electric sedan to compete with the Tesla Model S — the Audi A9 e-tron.
According to CEO, Rupert Stadler, Audi has greenlit an all-electric sedan that will likely debut sometime around 2020, two years after the Audi Q6 e-tron is set to debut. Stadler also wants this car to be as high-end as the Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz S Class and BMW 7 Series. According to the recent report from Autocar, it will use the name A9.
It’s also reported that the Audi A9 e-tron will use the same powertrain as the Q6 e-tron. This means two electric motors to combine for 464 hp and should have an even further range, thanks to its lighter weight. Not only that, but Audi claims that it could have Level 4 Autonomy by that time, meaning it can drive completely on its own on both the highway and in most traffic conditions.
There are no reports on when we might see such a car or if Audi has even started developing it yet. All we do know is that Audi is planning on getting to the high-end luxury EV segment before everyone else. Even the Tesla Model S, despite costing as much, isn’t anywhere near as luxurious as the Audi A8. So if Ingolstadt can develops something as luxurious and premium as the A8 but with a pure electric powertrain, it could be a pioneer in the segment.