The Q8 Is Just The Start Of Audi's Ambitious SUV Onslaught

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Audi allegedly plotting a Q1, Q6 and Q9 to further expand its SUV lineup.

With SUV sales showing no sign of slowing down, automakers are capitalizing on the demand and launching SUVs to slot into every imaginable segment. Audi has now unveiled the highly anticipated Q8 as the automaker’s new flagship SUV, but it’s just the start of an ambitious SUV onslaught. According to Autocar, Audi is allegedly planning to further expand its SUV lineup with a Q1, Q6 and Q9. The Q1 will reportedly arrive for the 2021 model year and will be the smallest crossover in Audi’s lineup positioned below the Q2.

Since the Q2 isn’t sold in the US, there’s probably little chance of the Q1 arriving in America if it does get the green light, however. This summer, Audi is expected to unveil an all-new Q3 subcompact crossover – and rumors suggest the 400-hp RS version will be sold in America for the first time. And just when you thought Audi couldn’t possibly justify producing any more crossover variants, the automaker has already confirmed the Q4 will arrive in 2019 in the form of a sleek coupe-style, five-seater SUV to rival the BMW X2 and Range Rover Evoque. It will be positioned as a more premium alternative to the Q3, so expect it to look like a shrunken version of the Q8.

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Autocar suggests the Q6 will also fill a similar role as a more luxurious alternative to the Q5. The Q8 is Audi’s first attempt at a coupe-style SUV to rival the BMW X6, featuring Audi’s bold new styling language adapted from the A8 sedan, and a high-tech interior with touchscreens and a digital instrument display. In the US, it will be powered by a 340 hp 3.0-liter V6 engine. But while the Q8 acts as Audi’s new flagship SUV, rumors suggest the automaker is working on a Q9 to tap into the ultra-luxury SUV segment and join the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. On August 30, Audi will also be revealing the electric e-tron with a 248-mile range, which could pose a serious threat to the Jaguar I-Pace.

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