Audi prioritises hybrids for 2020 goal

The head of research and development at Audi has revealed that the brand will focus on making a hybrid version of each key vehicle by 2020. Ulrich Hackenburg has announced the plans and the development of two new plug-in hybrid vehicle families.

The news that Hybrids will be prioritised over conventionally-powered models came at the launch of the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid car. Future Audi vehicles of a similar size will be based on the MQB architecture and available with a power system similar to the e-tron.

The combination of a 1.4-litre petrol engine, electric motor and exclusively-made six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox will maintain the confidence and efficient motoring Audi is renowned for.

There is also the potential for larger four-wheel drive models to stand on the MLB-Evo platform, with the petrol-electric hybrid system slightly rearranged. Hackenburg has also suggested that quattro versions are possible in future.

Upcoming e-tron versions of the A8 and Audi Q7 have already been announced, with launch dates and full specifications to be confirmed.

Come to Audi Centre, South Dublin to learn more about the new Audi range and the manufacturer's advanced hybrid technologies.