Several media outlets, including Reuters, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Handelsblatt, citing information from the leadership of the German automaker, told about Audi’s plans to abandon the announcement of new internal combustion engines completely. According to the information received, the brand’s latest internal combustion engine will be the next generation of the large-size crossover Audi Q8, presented in 2026.
Electroscopic Audi e-Tron Sportback
After this date, the Germans will continue to sell ICE models for some time, but they will no longer have the next generation, and after the end of their life cycle, these cars will gradually leave the market. The Germans will most likely abandon the most compact Audi A1 completely. The VAG concern has too many more successful competitors in the face of the VW Polo, Seat Ibiza, and Skoda Fabia models.
At the same time, the A3, A4, A5, and A6 sedan lines will remain in the automaker’s portfolio but will be transferred to an electric platform during a planned upgrade to the next generation (as an example of such a project, you can recall the Audi e-Tron GT).
Audi e-Tron GT electric sedan
Also, all crossovers of the Audi Q series will be transferred to electric rails. Moreover, this process is already underway – recall the existing models Audi e-Tron / Audi e-Tron Sportback and Audi Q4 e-Tron / Q4 Sportback e-Tron, and the upcoming 2022 Audi Q6 e-Tron / Q6 Sportback e-Tron. Gradually, all models will receive the “e-Tron” prefix, including the “latest internal combustion engine” of the Audi Q8 E-Tron.
Electric crossovers Audi Q4 e-Tron and Q4 Sportback e-Tron
Interestingly, the Germans will not exchange for plug-in and soft hybrids and will turn ICE models straight into battery electric vehicles without intermediate “hybrid” steps.
Audi also does not plan to spend funds on developing new internal combustion engines – they will be updated to comply with new standards of harmful emissions. Still, in general, this branch of engine development has been given up.
A source: Motor1