The company's new crossover won't arrive until 2021.
Audi has decided to delay the market launch of the next generation A3 as well as the all-new Q4 crossover, because it wants to finish fixing cars affected by the Dieselgate scandal first. According to Automotive News Europe and Auto Motor und Sport, engineers of the German company are busy updating the software of the vehicles fitted with the so-called cheating device.
“We are behind in time planning with the next stage of vehicles to be based on the MQB architecture,” an unidentified source has confirmed for AMS.
Last year, Audi updated the current A3, which arrived on the American market this summer alongside the sporty S3 version. Recently, the model received a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, replacing the old 1.8 TSI.
As for the Q4, it was previewed by the TT Offroad Concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, but a production version won’t be ready until 2021, the reports claim. The automaker has already submitted an application to trademark the Q4 moniker, after a long dispute with Alfa Romeo and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Audi hopes the new SUV will find new customers for the brand, offering an attractive design inspired by the study shown in Beijing and a hybrid technology derived from the larger Q6 e-tron SUV. The Q4 is set to rival the next generation BMW X4, expected to arrive by the end of the decade, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.
Back to the reports, Audi has denied comments.
“We do not comment on speculation about future models and their launch dates,” a spokesman for the company told Automotive News Europe.
Our sources claim the delay for the next-gen A3 and the Q4 is necessary, because the manufacturer is behind its development schedule for a new family of petrol and diesel engines, which will be offered in both the hatchback and the crossover.
Note: Audi TT Offroad Concept pictured.