Here's What We Know About Audi Q2 E-Tron So Far
【Summary】Audi officially announced a 2019 launch of the electric Q2 E-Tron in the Chinese market.
China is one of the most important markets for luxury car manufacturers. Sales of European brands like Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Audi have seen constantly increasing growth every year. This has probably incentivized the German carmaker Audi to develop custom-made electric cars for its Chinese customer base.
Audi has recently confirmed that it is going to manufacture it's 2019 E-Tron compact utility vehicle (CUV) along with its Chinese partner, FAW (First Automotive Works). In a statement about its upcoming CUV, Audi said that the 2019 Q2 E-Tron is the "first electric car tailored for Chinese customers". So far, the company has not confirmed if this car will be launched in other markets, but just a couple of days ago, a 2019 launch for the Chinese market was officially announced by the luxury automaker.
During next week's 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show, Audi will officially reveal its E-Tron GT sedan. The German automaker launched the first-ever Audi E-Tron SUV back in September. Audi announced that it plans on building a 12 model, all-electric vehicle portfolio by the year 2025. However, It is possible that the Q2 E-Tron SUV might not be introduced in the North American markets.
The Q2 E-Tron's gas-powered counterpart was also not launched in America–yet. Several spy shots of Audi's upcoming offering surfaced online recently. The company officially released the first look of the upcoming CUV. The car seems to be supporting a front grill which has been sealed off to offer better aerodynamics. The Q2 will also get daytime running lights which look like Audi's other LED units. At the rear of the vehicle, we find that the Q2 E-Tron's roofline gets a downward angle design and a distinguishing spoiler.
The company has not confirmed that its upcoming CUV will adopt the Q2 E-Tron moniker, but has confirmed that the vehicle will get a battery pack that will give Q2 E-Tron an all-electric driving range of 310 miles.
It is likely that the L variant of the upcoming eletirc vehicle might get its wheelbase increased by a few inches, compared to the standard 102.4 in wheelbase featured in the gas-powered sibling.
Audi's enthusiasm towards electrification might have been incentivized by the mandates enforced on its parent company Volkswagen in the aftermath of the Dieselgate scandal. The company has also confirmed that it will even electrify its premium flagship sedan, the Audi A8. The A8 will be offered as a plug-in hybrid and might also share its Powertrain with the full-size Audi Q8 SUV.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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