Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed yesterday the Ingolstadt-based company will expand its Q lineup in the following years, without saying anything about the name of the cars.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed yesterday the Ingolstadt-based company will expand its Q lineup in the following years, without saying anything about the name of the cars.

We've heard rumors before about Audi planning to enlarge its crossover/SUV lineup but now we know for sure this will happen. It seems the firm's top priority now is to launch a smaller model which will be slotted below the Q3 with design cues taken from the Crosslane Coupe Concept.

The second model will probably be the Q6 to bridge the gap between the Q5 and Q7, while a BMW X6 rival is rumored to be Audi's third new SUV.

Why so many crossovers/SUVs? Because Audi wants to overtake BMW by 2020 in global luxury sales. They believe 33-40 percent of their planned two million global sales will consist of Q models, a lot more compared to the current 25 percent.

They also base this decision on the success of the SUV market as sales went up last year by 24 percent to 407,512 units. On top spot was the Audi Q3 with 71,356 units sold, followed by the BMW X3 (70,116), BMW X1 (64,124), Audi Q5 (53,425) and the Range Rover Evoque (50,668), according to JATO Dynamics research.

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