Audi expects tough year amid model changes

17 March, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • Audi E Tron GT Prototype Sketch

Audi has not revealed anything else, so it remains to be seen how the e-tron GT will turn out and whether it will be a worthy rival to the Tesla Model S.

Audi plans to invest 40 billion euros ($49 billion) over the next five years as the luxury-car brand expands its lineup and accelerates a shift into electric vehicles in a bid to regain lost ground against BMW and Mercedes-Benz. With numerous phase-outs and its overall largest number of same-year model launches happening at once, Audi is coming back strong after facing continuous suffering throughout 2017 on the heels of the dreaded Dieselgate controversy. The standard bearer Tesla Model X starts at $79,500. The company is planning to offer more than 20 such models by 2025. "Beforehand, in 2018 and 2019, the e-Tron and Mission E production models will be the first electric models of the two premium brands to be launched", the announcement read.

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Audi has announced it will introduce a full-electric four-door GT model in 2020. The latest competitor that will enter the fray is coming from a well-known luxury auto manufacturer: Audi. Once it arrives, the GT will be Audi's e-tron flagship auto. Brand chairman Rupert Stadler adding: "We interpret sportiness very progressively with our fully electric e-tron GT, and this is how we will take our high-performance brand Audi Sport into the future". This should be good for a 0-62 time under 3.5 seconds, performance which could well be replicated by the e-tron GT.

Porsche executives told Green Car Reports last week that PPE component set drew elements from both the MLB-Evo and P1 platforms, but also had several redesigned elements to reflect faster-than-expected improvements in battery capacity and other electric-drive components. The two will co-develop new vehicle architectures to better accommodate EV drivetrains. Furthermore, all core model series will be equipped at least with mild hybrids.

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