5 e-tron's by Q4 2019
A lot of questions remain as to how Audi will approach the growing amount of electric vehicle segments with its e-tron lineup.
Recently, insight on all 2019 models surfaced via a powerpoint presentation slide that was leaked showing that we'll get an e-tron SUV, Q5 e-tron, A8 L e-tron and e-tron Sportback all by Q4. This coincides with electric vehicle offerings from rival automakers also ramping up as we enter 2020.
A new photo has surfaced online purporting to show an official 2019 product roadmap from Audi.
The photo, which is of a slide from a Powerpoint presentation, shows us pretty much every new vehicle debut that Audi has planned for 2019.
As you can see, the automaker is preparing to debut both the new A6 Allroad and a facelifted version of the TT RS in the second quarter of the year.
The new A6 Allroad will look almost identical to the Audi A6 Avant, but will have raised up suspension and black plastic body cladding for added capability. The engines from the A6 Avant should carryover for the Allroad, which means North American models should receive a 3.0-liter TFSI engine making 335 hp. The updated TT RS, meanwhile, should get a slight power bump and some revised exterior styling elements.
Things will get quite a bit busier for Audi in the third quarter, with plans to roll out an updated Q7 and Q4. It will also introduce the new Audi RS 7 at that time, along with e-tron versions of the Q5 and A7.
Audi’s 2019 will end big with the introduction of the A8 L e-tron, the e-tron Sportback, the new A3, and the new RS Q3 and RS 6.
Audi’s year will mostly be spent expanding its performance and electric vehicle offerings, it seems. There’s lots to get excited about here, from the new RS 7 to the myriad of new electric offerings, so bring on 2019.
Wilder e-Tron's by Early 2020's
e-Tron models are becoming a growing part of Audi's line up, set to close off 2019 with 5 models, one of which you can buy right now, the e-tron SUV. These 5 models also set the ground work for future e-Tron's to launch in 2020, one being the highly anticipated e-tron GT revealed as a concept recently and driven by a number of publications. Also expected during the early 2020's is a next-generation R8, apparently a 1000 hp e-tron monster.
If you’re an Audi fan, get used to the name “e-tron” because you’re going to be seeing a lot of it in the coming years. In fact, you won’t even have to wait that long, as 2019 is going bring several new Audi e-tron plug-in hybrid models, on top of the original trio of pure electric models. This new roadmap showing Audi’s plans for 2019 shows several new cars on the horizon for the coming year.
Two of which will be cars we already know of; the e-tron SUV and e-tron GT. However, there will be three new cars introduced to wear Audi’s electric brand name. The first two will come in the third quarter of 2019 and will be the Audi Q5 e-tron and Audi A7 e-tron. In the fourth quarter of the year, the Audi A8 L e-tron will launch and the e-tron GT will finally make its real-world appearance.
Mission & Vision
The 2020's will go down as the most significant decade, industry-wide, for electric vehicles. Comparable auto manufactures have similarity ambitious plans as Audi or greater. In Audi's case, beyond the launch timeline here, there are plans for "at least one fully or partially electric car per year" quickly making them 1/3 of Audi's line up by the mid-2020's. Mild hybrids will also be offered as cheaper alternatives.
Audi will go on an electric vehicle offensive over the next few years, with three electric vehicles due by 2020 and plans for at least one fully or partially electric car per year thereafter, most based on existing product lines. These will carry the e-tron branding, as currently used on the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron (which shares its plug-in hybrid drivetrain with the VW Golf GTE) and the Q7 e-tron.
At a powertrain technical presentation in Munich, Audi's head of spark ignition powertrains and transmissions, Dr Franz Bäumer, said that a third of Audi's vehicles by 2025 will be electrified in some way, whether these are full battery-electric powertrains, or plug-in hybrids like the two existing e-tron models.
As that figure suggests, the company is far from ruling out combustion engines entirely, with Dr Bäumer describing them as "unbeatable for years to come" in their ability to combine performance, range and efficiency.
Bäumer admits, however, that "mobility will have to be emission-free" at some stage, which puts the ball back in electric power's court. The upcoming new Audi A8 will be one of the first beneficiaries, featuring some kind of hybridisation across its range.
At its lowest level this will involve mild hybrid technology, which recuperates power under deceleration or during a cruise which is then fed into the car's 48-volt electrical system. The engine is started (and stopped) using a water-cooled belt-driven starter generator, and the system allows engine-off coasting for up to 45 seconds at a time. The hefty starter allows the engine to be fired up instantly when the throttle pedal is touched, and a forward-facing camera allows the engine to restart itself in traffic - when traffic in front begins to move, for instance.