Production of Audi’s latest additions to their SUV offering, the Q8 crossover and Q4 compact SUV, is confirmed for 2018 and 2019. The first Audi Q8 will drive off the assembly line in Bratislava in 2018, while the Q4 will go into production the year after at Audi’s plant in Gyor, Hungary.
“We will integrate two completely new Q‑models into the existing production network and will thus increase our competitiveness in an extremely important segment,” stated Audi’s Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics, Prof. Dr. Hubert Waltl.
Compared to the other premium manufacturers from Germany, Audi has been slightly slacking behind when it comes to their SUV offering. The latest SUV to join the brand’s model range is the compact Q2, and soon more will follow. The Q8 is likely to be Audi’s definitive answer to the luxury coupé-style crossover segment first started by the BMW X6, which now shares its turf with the GLE Coupé from Mercedes-Benz.
The future Audi Q4 too, will be a coupé-style crossover. Positioned in the market between the Audi Q3 and Q5 models, it will be the brand’s first so-called compact utility vehicle (CUV). Once the Q4 goes into production in 2019, it will be joined by the new Audi Q3, which is until then being produced in Martorell, Spain.