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Audi announced a new SUV offensive at their recent Annual General Meeting. The Audi Q1 will be launched in 2016, the Q8 in 2019, and a new yet to be named sporty SUV with electric drive will come in 2018.

The Audi Q1 comes as now surprise to us as we previously sighted a rather odd-looking Volkswagen Tiguan mule with a narrower track than usual which our European spy photo agency told us was most likely the Audi Q1. Its name explains its positioning – it will be smaller than the C-segment Golf-based Audi Q3, so we’re looking at the B-segment for the Q1 – about the size of a Renault Captur.

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As for the Audi Q8, the announcement doesn’t quite say what it is, but since there has been word in the past that the Q8 would be more coupe-like than the Audi Q7, we’re probably looking at a new X6/GLE Coupe competitor from Ingolstadt instead of an X7/GLS competitor.

The nameless electric SUV sounds very interesting – it will essentially go against the Tesla Model X. Audi currently has only one pure electric car in its stables – the Audi R8 e-tron, which will go on sale this year. The R8 e-tron uses a 92 kWh battery and two electric motors with at total output of 456 horsepower, giving the car a 100 km/h dash time of 3.9 seconds and a range of 450 km.