Audi is preparing to launch a new electric version of the Q2 as part of plans to muscle in on China’s so-called new energy vehicle (NEV) strategy, which is targeting seven million part or fully electric car sales a year by 2025, sources at the German car maker have revealed. The electrically powered SUV, which is set to be unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show in November prior to going on sale next year, is one of five new electric and hybrid Audis scheduled to be introduced in China by the end of the decade.
The Q2 e-tron will line up alongside a production version of the larger Audi E-tron SUV concept, also due next year, and thenew-generationA3 e-tron, which is planned for introduction in 2019, in a three-strong line-up of pure electric models, according to senior Ingolstadt sources. Also included in Audi’s NEV plans are two petrol-electric hybrids in the form of the Q7 e-tron and A6L e-tron, the latter a long-wheelbase version of the upcoming new A6 for the Chinese market only. The front-wheel-drive Q2 e-tron is expected to share its powertrain with the facelifted Volkswagen e-Golf, with a 134bhp front-mounted electric motor anda38.5kWh lithium ion battery, which should provide it with a range of up to 186 miles on a single charge.
Production of the Q2 e-tron will take place at Chinese co-operation partner First Automobile Works’s factory in the city of Foshan. In line with Chinese government regulations for NEVs, the Q2 e-tron has been conceived around a Chinese-produced lithium ion battery that will be sourced from an as yet unknown supplier. While stopping short of confirming an electrified version of the Q2, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said: “The Q2 is a compact SUV that is perfect for the city and offers very good packaging fora possible electric or part-electric driveline.” Despite the British Government’s pledge to end sales of conventional petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2040 in favour of all-electric battery and hydrogen-powered vehicles, Audi insiders suggest there are no immediate plans to sell the Q2 e-tron in Britain.