Audi’s 2021 Lineup Introduces E-Tron Versions of A5, Q5, and A6 Models

Over 20 fresh models expected for release before end of 2025.

Although we are only in March, Audi has already unveiled multiple new releases. The first was the refreshed Q7 at the end of January, followed by the arrival of the RS6 Avant GT in early February. Shortly after, the updated S3 was introduced, with the standard A3 facelift making its debut last week. Just a few days ago, the all-new Q6 E-Tron also joined the lineup. However, there are several more exciting releases expected later this year.

According to the 2023 Audi Report, a comprehensive 154-page document, more than 20 new products are set to hit the market by the end of next year. One of the most highly anticipated releases will be the A6 E-Tron (shown in prototype form above). This model will soon be available as a fully electric vehicle, utilizing the Premium Platform Electric that was co-developed with Porsche. This platform has already been used for the Q6 E-Tron and Macan models. The A6 E-Tron will be offered as both a sedan (although technically it is a five-door hatchback) and a wagon.

During the latter half of this year, Audi is set to unveil the new A5 series and Q5 models. These vehicles will be built on Audi’s updated Premium Platform Combustion (PPC), which is an advancement of Volkswagon Group’s MLB platform. Interestingly, there is no mention of the A4 in Audi’s plans as it will no longer be produced.

The current A4 will soon be replaced by the A5, making way for an upcoming all-electric A4 E-Tron. It is not yet confirmed if another gasoline-powered sedan will be released in this segment, or if the A5 Sportback will replace the A4 Sedan altogether. Leaked images show that the wagon version will continue to be produced in the new generation, meaning we can expect A5/S5/RS5 Avant models to be available alongside the Sportback.

The automobile paparazzi have yet to lay their eyes on any prototypes for an A5 two-door coupe or convertible, although we can only hope that these models are still in the works. However, the market for these types of cars is becoming increasingly smaller, prompting Mercedes to merge their C-Class and E-Class coupe and convertible versions into the new CLE.

In 2024, the Q5 is set to enter its third generation. As with the upcoming A5, it will be equipped with a new line of “highly efficient” combustion engines paired with plug-in hybrid technology. These advancements will mark Audi’s final developments in internal combustion engines, as the brand plans to introduce its last vehicles with traditional powertrains in 2026. From that point on, all new releases will be electric, as Audi aims to achieve a fully electric lineup by the end of 2033.

In the near future, we anticipate the release of several new models by late 2025. These include a successor to the Q3 compact crossover, a facelifted RS3 hot hatch/sedan duo, a sleek Q6 E-Tron Sportback with a stylish sloping roof, an electric replacement for the A8 sedan, and a spacious Q9 three-row SUV.

Audi’s A1 and Q2 models will not be renewed, as the company recently declared their retirement at the end of their life cycle. Just like the TT which was discontinued last year, these models are also meeting a similar fate. The R8 is also on the chopping block and will soon face its own inevitable demise.

Source: Audi

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