It's being reported that the upcoming, long-range, pure electric Audi SUV will be built at the automaker's new factory in Mexico.
As Automotive News states:
"Audi plans to make an electric version of its Q5 midsize SUV at its new plant in Mexico, two sources with knowledge of the project said."
"Audi is set to open a $1.3 billion factory in Mexico on Sept. 30, its first in the country that is slated eventually to be Audi's only source globally for the Q5 models."
The electric SUV, likely to be called the Q5 e-tron, should boast impressive range figures. Dr. Rudiger Chmielewski, head of total vehicle development at Audi, previously stated the following in regards to electric range for the Q6 e-tron (we assume a similar pack/e-drivetrain for the Q5 e-tron).
“This is an electric car suitable for the long haul. It’ll have a 500km (310-mile) range, and is tangible proof of our commitment to electric mobility.”
That's an NEDC figure. We can assume an EPA rating of approximately 260 miles or so.
Automotive News added a few more comments on the Audi factory in Mexico:
"The plant in San Jose Chiapa in central Mexico will produce Q5s with combustion engines at first, but plans to introduce the electric version in the near term, said the sources, who requested anonymity."
"They are training personnel," one of the sources said, adding that the project does not yet have a launch date."
The Mexican plant is expected to produce 150,000 Q5s annually. There's no breakdown of that figure for ICE versus pure electric though.
The electric Audi SUV should enter production sometime in 2018.
Source: Automotive News