Audi’s first all-electric vehicle will be an SUV, but the brand has confirmed work on a compact car to rival the BMW i3 as well. Speaking with CarsGuide at the Geneva Motor Show, Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler confirmed the electric car plans with some detail.
The brand’s first all-electric SUV is slated to launch in 2018 and Stadler confirmed the vehicle is still on target for that time frame. The SUV is expected to look similar to the E-tron concept Audi displayed back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The one component of this vehicle that isn’t finalized is its name.
“We’re still working on the right nomenclature,” Stadler told CarsGuide. “But being honest, I would like to feel free in terms of positioning that car.
Shortly following the electric SUV will be a new compact electric car that will go “toe-to-toe” with the BMW i3. Stadler confirmed the vehicle will be produced on Volkswagen’s MEB architecture, which is slated to underpin numerous electric vehicles under the Volkswagen umbrella in the coming years.
Stadler also eluded that the compact car will not have a range above 300 miles, but rather something in the 200 to 250 mile range to keep the price down. He went on to theorize that the i3 rival could offer different range packages at various price points.
The timeline of Audi’s next electric vehicle isn’t entirely clear as the chairman did not elaborate. He did say that Audi hopes to “surprise” in 2017, so perhaps we will get our first glimpse of this vehicle later this year.