Audi is predicting a major SUV sales hike in the years to come as a result of a broader and revised "Q" range.

Audi is predicting a major SUV sales hike in the years to come as a result of a broader and revised "Q" range.

In an interview with Auto Express, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said he estimates up to 50% of the company's total sales will consist of Q-badged crossovers and SUVs in 5-10 years. They currently sell the Q3, Q5 and Q7 trio, but these will be joined next year by a small Q1 while at the other end of the spectrum there’s going to be a flagship Q8 due in 2017 and around that time Audi will also likely launch the already confirmed Q6 electric vehicle.

Stadler also announced they are analyzing the prospects of coming out with an even smaller crossover to slot below the Q1, thus fueling rumors about a high-riding model billed "Q Junior" due in 2019 and based on the next generation A1.

In related news, Stadler specified Audi will be at the forefront of autonomous driving and will embrace this technology on a production model in 2017 when the next generation A8 will be out with a fully autonomous system working at speeds of up to 50 mph (80 km/h). He went on to specify that Audi could also create something similar to Google's self-driving car without conventional controls.

As a final note, Stadler estimates battery technology developments will allow Audi to launch an electric vehicle with a 310 mile (almost 500 km) range by 2018 while prices of EVs will drop gradually.

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