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Next year promises to be a big one for Audi Malaysia – the company says it has plans to introduce a slew of new models in 2017 and also bring more S and RS models into the market. The announcement of these was made at the local launch of the new B9 Audi A4 today.

Leading the line will be the new R8. A teaser on the local website at the end of 2015 proved to be a false dawn in terms of the car making it to our shores this year, but it’s coming in 2017.

The brand’s second-gen flagship is powered by a 5.2 litre naturally-aspirated V10 petrol engine, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, its only available engine guise, though there’s a more powerful plus version to pick from.

Other planned models for 2017 are the new A5 and A3 facelift. The A5 Coupe, which we drove earlier this year (read our review on it and the S5 version here), has yet to be confirmed, but the word is that the Sportback version, which is making its debut in Paris later this month, is definitely making it here. As for the A3, the facelift is expected to arrive in its sedan form.

The Q2 compact crossover – which made its debut in Geneva back in March – is also set to make its way here. In Europe, there are six engine variations available for the vehicle, which slots in under the Q3; we’re likely to see the four-cylinder 1.4 TFSI being offered.

The company added that it plans to add more S variants as well as RS models to the local line-up, with the first RS-badged offerings anticipated to make their way in sometime during the first quarter of next year.