Audi Technical Chief Pushing to Expand SUV Lineup
This year’s Shanghai Auto Show comes with great news, and not only for the Chinese market. In an interview with AutoCar, Audi technical chief, Wolfgang Durheimer, said that he is pushing to expand Audi’s SUV lineup with a new model placed above the current Q7 and a Q2.
The SUV placed above the current Q7 would likely be named Q8 and will "combine a Range Rover Sport-style sporting look with a very luxurious interior." Durheimer said that Audi has been inspired by Bentley’s decision to offer a SUV and he is also "encouraging" Lamborghini to progress with its SUV – remember, Lambo is under Audi’s control.
If built, the three SUVs - Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini - will most likely be developed in the same time, because, according to Durheimer VW encourages internal competition, as long as the models don’t overlap one another.
Until we will see the Q8 on the market, another SUV has priority: the Q2. It was previewed by the Crosslane Coupe Concept and Durheimer calls is a “top priority” within Audi. Rumor has it that the Q2 could arrive sometime in 2014.
Click past the jump to read about the Crosslane Coupe Concept
The Crosslane Coupe Concept was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, and, according to Audi, it previews the future Q2 and the future design language of all Q models.
The concept was built on a new Multimaterial Space Frame and it was built as a hybrid vehicle. It combines a 1.5-liter three-cylinder TFSI with two electric motors for a total output of 177 horsepower. With this amount of power, the Crosslane will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 113 mph.