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Audi engaged on rugged electrical off-roader – report

Following the reveal of its off-road-capable Activesphere idea, Audi is reportedly engaged on a rugged electrical off-roader that’ll rival the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz EQG and Land Rover Defender EV.

As reported by Autocar, this Audi SUV hasn’t been authorized for manufacturing simply but nevertheless it may come to fruition in 2027 as a part of a push into new segments.

Audi designer Marc Lichte informed the British publication he thinks “there may be house” for a rugged SUV in Audi’s passenger automobile lineup.

“There may be potential as a result of there are solely two premium gamers [in this segment],” stated Mr Lichte hinting at Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover.

“I feel there may be house for a 3rd one.”

Autocar studies this rugged SUV is a separate undertaking to the manufacturing model of the high-riding Activesphere idea.

This new Audi electrical off-roader will reportedly not be primarily based on the Audi and Porsche co-developed Premium Platform Electrical (PPE) structure, nor the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok‘s T6 platform.

Mr Lichte wouldn’t be drawn on specifics, however stated it will experience on a platform taken from elsewhere within the Volkswagen Group portfolio.

Because the upcoming Volkswagen Group’s MEB-replacing SSP platform has reportedly been delayed till 2028, one choice Audi may very well be taking a look at is the upcoming Scout’s “new technical platform idea”.

Volkswagen got here into possession of the Scout identify in 2021 when its Traton truck division purchased Navistar, the father or mother firm of Worldwide Harvester, the corporate which constructed the Jeep-style Scout utes and SUVs from 1961 to 1980.

The primary member of the Scout vary, an electrical ute, is scheduled to enter manufacturing in 2026. An SUV model can be deliberate.

As beforehand reported, sources informed Automobilwoche Volkswagen is in talks with Foxconn – the contract producer most well-known for producing the Apple – about manufacturing the Scout vary.

The German commerce publication additionally stated Volkswagen was additionally in discussions with Magna-Steyr, which produces the likes of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Fisker Ocean and Jaguar I-Tempo at its manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria.

It’s potential this Audi electrical off-roader may very well be in-built the identical place because the forthcoming Scout vary.

This Audi off-roader isn’t the one electrical mannequin the German firm is reportedly engaged on.

Mr Lichte informed Auto Specific Audi will launch 20 new electrical autos (EVs) by 2026.

This publication then again studies this electrical crossover will likely be primarily based on the Activesphere idea.

“We’re engaged on EVs and successors to the ICE fashions,” stated Mr Lichte.

“We’re about to see the largest product launch within the historical past of Audi with greater than 20 automobiles within the subsequent two and a half years.”

“That’s why we’re specializing in automobiles just like the Activesphere idea, which is our final present automobile for the following few years in order that we are able to deal with collection manufacturing,” added Mr Lichte.

As beforehand reported, Audi is gearing as much as go all-electric by 2033 in all markets apart from China.

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