Audi has been working toward finalizing plans to produce an all-electric crossover in recent years. Today, the plans get a little more certain, as Audi has announced shuffling of its factories to accommodate the manufacture of said electrified crossover.
Starting in 2018, Audi will begin production of this crossover and its batteries in its Brussels plant. In order to accommodate this full-line production, the German automaker will have to move around its production of several other models. The A1’s production will move from the Brussels plant to Martorell (Spain) and the Q3 will move from Martorell to Győr (Hungary).
Also included in this announcement were a few more details surrounding this upcoming electric crossover. Audi says that the E-Tron Quattro Concept that rolled out at the 2015 Frankfurt show is a good indication of what to expect from this green people hauler. Look for it to sit between the Q5 and Q7, and feature a trio of electric motors that are sure to make this quite a performer. I expect it to fall somewhere in the 400-to 450-horsepower range once it is all said and done. Yes, the concept was closer to 500 ponies, but I think that is a bit of a stretch at this point.
Thanks to its high-capacity batteries, Audi’s new Tesla Model X fighter will be able to travel around 310 miles on a single charge. What’s more, it will have quick-charge capabilities, which will make charging this new crossover as simple as possible.
We’ll keep an eye on this developing news and bring you the latest details as they become available. Keep it locked here for the latest.