Audi wants to build a new electric SUV called the Q8 e-tron at its Brussels plant in 2026. This is said to be the successor to the Audi e-tron, which is to receive another facelift in 2023 and be phased out in 2026.
The news was broken by the German publication Automobilwoche with reference to company circles. The official decision to build the new electric SUV is to be taken in Brussels in the course of the next planning round of the group in November. As for the model itself, the report says that the Q8 e-tron is likely to be larger than the e-tron and that it will be based on the new PPE platform that Audi and Porsche are developing together.
For Audi’s Brussels site, the new model is expected to secure follow-on production after the Audi e-tron era, which has been open until now. The electric SUV, which was launched in 2018 and is known to be based on a modified combustion engine platform and therefore floats outside the other platform strategy (MEB and PPE), is the only car currently rolling off the production line Brussels. According to the report, the plant had previously applied for Audi’s Artemis model but lost VW Commercial Vehicles in Hanover. Production is scheduled to start in 2024.
However, before the middle of the decade, Audi will pull off other BEV launches: The Q6 e-tron electric SUV has been announced for 2022, and the A6 e-tron electric sedan for 2023. Both electric vehicles will be based on the PPE platform. However, the PPE platform is to be used for the first time at Porsche: in the new electric Macan, which will be built in Leipzig from 2022 shortly before the Q6 e-tron. The e-Macan and the Q6 e-tron are to share the technology.
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