When Audi’s Head of Design Wolfgang Egger talks about new models, you should better listen. Nugget this time: Audi is considering a BMW X6 competitor!
Egger admitted that the A2 — a tall, practical but sporty alternative that would sit between the A1 and 3 — had been designed, but that the Volkswagen Group lacked an appropriate platform for the car. Instead, Audi would continue to develop the A1, appealing to premium downsizers and urbanites. The current three-door model, which isn’t sold in the U.S., will be joined by a five-door hatchback, a 180-horsepower S1 and a cabriolet. A Quattro four-wheel-drive version of the car is already scheduled to debut at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show in March.
Moving upmarket, Egger reckoned there was room for a sport crossover rival to the BMW X6. “It has been a big success in China, where it’s become a second car driven by women. There, it’s a female sports car.” According to Egger, the forthcoming Audi Q3 will be a step in this direction, but the automaker could still go further to compete with BMW.