High-Volume Compact Electric Audi SUV To Launch In 2020

DEC 18 2018 BY MARK KANE 21

The all-electric SUV will sit between the Q2 and Q3

Audi hints at another all-electric model, which should enter the market around two years from now. It will be a compact SUV (sized between the Q2 and Q3), based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform.

Using the MEB should enable Audi to significantly lower the costs and make the SUV the highest volume electric vehicle for the brand.

The concept version is expected in 2019, while market launch is scheduled for late 2020 with volume deliveries in 2021.

Pricing of the small electric SUV for Audi could be at around £30,000 ($38,000) in the UK, according to Autocar.

The design will include some cues from the Audi e-tron GT concept:

“Some of the design cues of the E-tron GT, such as the shoulder line, inverted grille and air intakes, are the same for the as-yet-unnamed model, Audi design boss Marc Lichte confirmed to Autocar.”

Audi BEV models:

General plans:

  • By 2025: 12 BEV models and roughly one-third of its sales with electrified models
  • The range will cover every relevant market segment from the compact to the full-size class. A series of models with classic body layouts such as Avant and Sportback will also be available
  • range of plug-in hybrid automobiles to greatly expanded to virtually every market segment


  1. Audi’s modified platform for first BEVs: for Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback
    “The Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback use components from Audi’s modular longitudinal platform. This and numerous innovative technologies primarily in the area of drive systems are giving rise to a separate product family of e-SUVs with electric quattro all-wheel drive. Fast charging with up to 150 kW and ample range suitable for long-distance journeys are benchmarks in this class.”
  2. Second e-platform: for Audi e-tron GT concept
    “Audi will present the first member of another e-platform by the end of 2018: The Audi e-tron GT concept showcar, a highly dynamic coupe with a flat floor assembly, is debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The technology in this automobile was developed in collaboration with Porsche; the design and character of the e-tron GT concept are packed full of unmistakable Audi DNA.”
  3. Premium Platform Electric (PPE) developed by Audi and Porsche: multiple models in high-volume B through D segments
    “Another joint project of the development departments at Audi and Porsche is the Premium Platform Electric (PPE). It will be the basis for multiple Audi model families with all-electric drive covering the high-volume B through D segments of the market.
    Both SUVs and classic body concepts are planned here. A major strength of the PPE is that it was developed exclusively for electric drive. This offers advantages with respect to weight, the package and the proportions of the body.”
  4. Volkswagen modular electrification platform (MEB): for high-volume A segment
    “Several Volkswagen Group brands are collaborating on the development of the modular electrification platform (MEB), which serves as the basis for a series of Audi e-models, particularly in the high-volume A segment. One of these is being developed specifically for the requirements of China, the single most important market.”

Source: Autocar

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Is this rebranded I.D. Crozz?

It will have Audi DNA. The appearance, refinement, etc.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

If that was irony, well done.

Audi DNA? Isn´t that Volkswagen quality with double the price tag?

No, the Crozz is longer (4.62m). This will be shorter than a Q3 that will be 4.48m

It will have some Audi DNA, but not much. Look at the e-tron GT, almost everything from Porsche, except the Front Grill.

More like a Neo on stilts.

Well, both Q2 and Q3 are based on same MQB platform as Golf, and share the same engines and transmission. Take guidance from there in terms of how similar/dissimilar this one will be compared to “Neo”.

They already announced a while ago that there will be a CROZZ-derivative under the Audi brand — it stands to reason that this would be the one…

All Audi cars will be replaced by MEB and PPE based equivalents.

Bring it on! We need those wagon and suv EV’s in Europe. The more choice the better.

Let’s first see how many units of the Audi e-tron Quattro they will manage to deliver in 2019.

What is your bet? I say 55.000!

I hope that they will manage to deliver more than 100,000 units of the Audi e-tron Quattro in 2019, but I’m afraid that they might not even manage to deliver 50,000 units of the Audi e-tron Quattro in 2019.

More than 60k.

If VW is going to treat the MEB platform anything like what the MQB platform, I’d almost expect to see a few more variants of it.

I count 28 different models based on the MQB (according to Wikipedia). We’re up to – what – 2 or 3 for the MEB platform? Not that that’s a bad thing – quite the opposite. Reusing the same platform would hopefully mean better economies of scale.

If you count the same models under different brands as separate models, they are supposed to build 6 MEB models at the Zwickau plant alone; at least five of them starting production by 2020: Neo, SEAT-branded Neo, CROZZ, Audi-branded CROZZ, and (presumably) initial production of the CROZZ-derivative for the US. (Before they move production of that one to US.) Don’t know yet when the Audi-branded Neo will be introduced…

Starting in 2022, we will also see the VIZZION, the BUZZ, a yet unnamed sub-compact, plus any number of differently branded variants of these. There will also be the eAero sedan for the US (VIZZION-derivative?) at some point, and in 2023 the Lounge SUV.

I’m still failing to understand the SUV craziness.

Never really understood the Sedan craze in the 70s and 80s tbh so…

Suv’s are not to dissimilar in design to the vehicles that were available prior to the modern sedans. Higher off the ground, more upright seating, more boxy and with more cab space.

It’s the Platform so why not use it

Audi is making us jovial by using the term ‘High Volume’.
Their high volume is reserved only to Diesel and not to Electric.