Audi Future Car Guide: What’s Coming 2018-2019

The next couple of years are going to be very exciting for Audi fans, as the Ingolstadt-based automaker is set to launch a great number of new models and derivatives.

During the Audi Summit in March, the automaker announced that no fewer than 20 vehicles will be launched within the span of 12 months, including long-wheelbase versions of the Q2 and Q5, aimed at the People’s Republic. Otherwise, the cars will be either all-new, updated or featuring electrified power units.

Since Audi wasn’t generous enough to provide media members with a full roadmap, we’ve gone ahead and put together everything we know about their upcoming models, confirmed or rumored to see the light of day in either 2018 or 2019.

Coming In 2018

2019 Audi A4 Facelift

Even though Audi already unveiled their updated A4 a couple of weeks ago, the cars won’t end up in showrooms around the globe until later this year. In fact, pre-sales for the 2019 Audi A4 are scheduled to commence in Q3 of 2018, as future customers can begin choosing between the 4-door saloon or the Avant version.

Compared to the current model, the facelifted A4 boasts a new front bumper, new grille (on S Line models), trapezoidal exhausts, a more aggressive rear spoiler on the Avant and a new Turbo Blue paint finish.

2019 Audi TT Facelift

This one has been long overdue, which is why Audi is expected to drop multiple derivatives of the updated TT all at once. This means that TTS (pictured here) and TT-RS versions should be unveiled before the end of this year – in time for an early 2019 market launch.

None of these versions will look remarkably different compared to older models, however, leaked images and prototypes show more pronounced side skirts, a larger rear wing for the TT-RS and new taillight graphics. Inside, the TT will offer users a more up-to-date infotainment system.

2020 Audi R8 Facelift

If Audi will indeed pull the plug on the R8 in 2020 (let’s hope not), then this facelifted version might actually be the very last iteration of Ingolstadt’s mid-engine supercar.

Regardless, expect to see a wider front grille, more pronounced air intakes, a redesigned rear fascia, updated cockpit and a new GT flagship version with possibly as much as 670 horsepower on tap. Reports have it that the facelifted R8 range, including the GT, will be unveiled before the end of this year, with a market launch set for 2019.

2020 Audi S7

Audi might just bring the all-new S7 to this year’s Paris Auto Show in October, although nothing has been made official just yet. Still, seen as how S7 prototypes have been on the road ever since last summer, it’s unlikely that we’ll have to wait until next year to see the car sans camouflage.

Power for the S7 is rumored to come via the Porsche Panamera 4S’ twin turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine, giving the 2019 S7 at least 450 HP. However, a bi-turbo V8 with around 500 HP could also be the engine of choice.

2020 Audi S8

Despite the latest-generation Audi A8 having been around since last year, the German automaker has taken its time fine tuning the S8 version on the Nurburgring.

Under the hood, we’re likely to see a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 borrowed from the Panamera Turbo, but with 530 HP instead of the 550 produced for the Porsche. Could the S8 join the S7 in Paris this year? We don’t see why not.

2019 Audi SQ2

The SQ2 is one of the few models Audi has actually confirmed for this year. We know that it will debut this fall and that it will feature an upgraded braking system with S-branded calipers, four tailpipes and a few subtle exterior revisions.

Power could come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot, which in the current S3 Sportback, produces 305 HP (310 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

2020 Audi SQ8

A slightly faster version of the brand new Audi Q8 is expected to be unveiled this December. According to Autocar, the SQ8 could get a petrol as well as a diesel power unit, although the latter is unlikely to make it in the United States.

The petrol is rumored to be a 500 HP mild-hybrid V6, whereas the diesel should have a 4.0-liter displacement, eight cylinders and 429 HP (435 PS) to go with 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque – that is, if the SQ7 is anything to go by.

2019 Audi Q3

The all-new Audi Q3 is yet another model that’s been confirmed for 2018, boasting a brand new design language that’s meant to bring it closer to its larger Q-named siblings.

The BMW X1 rival will feature a large trapezoidal grille, sharp angular headlights, more sculpted flanks and an overall more mature aesthetic that should help us forget all about the quirkiness of the current model.

2019 Audi E-Tron

Despite Audi announcing that the E-Tron’s August 30th reveal date has been pushed back, we’ll still get to see what the car really looks like before the end of this calendar year. Besides, thousands of deposits have already been registered.

The all-electric SUV is said to offer a total driving range of 248 miles (400 km), aided by a pair of electric motors and a 95 kWh battery back. While power figures have been kept under wraps, we expect somewhere in the vicinity of 400 horses.

Coming in 2019

2020 Audi S1

A hotter version of Audi’s latest A1 model is said to arrive towards the end of next year, powered by an upgraded 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine, producing around 250 HP, according to Autocar.

Power will be sent to all four wheels thanks to the automaker’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, enabling the 2019 Audi S1 to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5.8 seconds, which is what the old S1 could muster.

Note: Audi A1 pictured

All-New 2020 Audi A3

Mind you, this is only a rumor, but word has it that an all-new generation of the Audi A3 will be unveiled next year in Sportback form, with the 4-door A3 Sedan to follow in 2020.

If this turns out to be true, then this might actually be Audi’s biggest reveal of the year, at least from a sales numbers standpoint. Either way, it seems that the 3-door version will be dropped from the line-up.

Note: 2017 Audi A3 pictured

2020 Audi SQ3 & RS Q3

While this prototype looks very similar to other camouflaged Q3 models, the reason why we suspect this is the RS Q3 is because according to our spy photographers, it was seen testing next to an RS3 and both cars sounded identical. Our sharp shooters also mentioned how the crossover seemed to have carbon ceramic disks with six-piston calipers up front.

Between the two, it’s the SQ3 that’s expected to arrive first, sometime next year, with the more powerful RS version to follow a little bit later on. Speaking of power, it the RS Q3 could have as much as 394 HP (400 PS) sourced from the RS3’s power unit, whereas the SQ3 might pack a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot with 305 HP (310 PS), just like the SQ2.

2020 Audi Q4

Audi has gone on record saying that a new Q4 crossover will be launched in 2019, looking a little bit like the TT Offroad Concept unveiled in Beijing back in 2014.

As you’ve probably guessed, the Q4 will be a direct rival for the likes of the BMW X4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, which means that the final product should be considerably larger than the concept on which it was based.

Note: Audi TT Offroad Concept pictured

2020 Audi RS7

Whether or not Audi does launch the all-new S7 in Paris this year, the more hardcore RS7 version isn’t expected until sometime next year, when it should hit worldwide markets as a 2020 model.

Initially, it was thought that power would come either via a twin-turbo V8 with around 650 HP, or through the plug-in hybrid unit from the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Now however, reports have surfaced of Audi head of design, Marc Lichte, confirming that the next-generation RS7 Sportback will get both power units.

The flagship PHEV version could produce as much as 700 HP thanks to a potent electric motor.

2020 Audi RS6

A test mule for the all-new RS6 has been spotted rocking what looks like a production-ready bumper, as well as improvised wheel arch extensions and oval exhaust tips.

At this point it’s safe to say that whatever power unit ends up in the RS7, will trickle down to the new RS6 too.

2020 Audi RS Q8

Audi is unlikely to wait more than a year to unveil the RS Q8, following the SQ8’s reported debut this December.

What’s testing our patience though is waiting to find out whether the RS Q8 will get the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 unit as the Lamborghini Urus (but with around 600 HP), or actually gain the hybrid power train from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. If it’s the latter, than the RS Q8 will instantly become the most powerful crossover in the VW Group’s stable.

Coming either 2018 or 2019

2019 Audi S6

Odds are, the all-new Audi S6 will indeed be launched sometime next year, however, since a late 2018 debut is still possible, we just can’t slot it in as a surefire 2019 debut.

What we can tell you is that rumors point to the S6 getting the Panamera Turbo’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V8, although downgraded from 542 HP (550 PS) to 493 HP (500 PS). Still, we can’t rule out the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 from the RS4 and RS5, but if we had to choose, it would definitely be the Porsche unit.

2019 Audi A6 Allroad

We would also be surprised if the all-new A6 Allroad debuts before we turn the corner into 2019, but we can’t entirely ignore the possibility, which is why we’re not slotting it together with the rest of next year’s debuts.

Last month, we saw a well-camouflaged prototype wearing plastic fender flares, new side skirts and a modified rear bumper to go with what seemed like a few extra cm in ride height. Also, unless Audi is trying to play us, the next A6 Allroad will boast a unique grille with six vertical strips, offering it a more rugged appearance.

  • Matthew Raworth

    I didn’t read the article but I’m guessing the same as we got this year.

  • Puddingpopper

    Ugly Audi cars gonna be around a while 🙁

  • TheBelltower

    Desperately waiting for this wave of Audis to pass. Like a kidney stone. They have gotten very plastic-ey and messy looking.

  • YaMoBeThere

    This is great content, are you going to be posting these for every manufacturer?

    • OdysseyTag

      Yes please – quite like these Future Car Guides.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Let the onslaught begin. Good work Audi (I’m completely bias of course). But seriously, love or hate their design, you can’t deny their technology and quality.

  • greatscott

    Audi popularized the large grille, and everyone started doing their own interpretation of it.

    So when Hyundai came out with their own hexagonal grille, we had Ford and Subaru adopt Hyundai’s design language, but then I was surprised to see Audi quickly jump on that bandwagon too because I thought Audi was going to stick to their original 4 sided grille.

    Now, a lot of these newer models look even more Hyundai-esque. It’s just an Interesting evolution given that both Hyundai and Audi were the two brands that revolutionized the auto design industry almost a decade ago.

    • Puddingpopper

      Audi should have and I thought was going to ditch the single frame grille and go back to a split grille, they lead the way and should have innovated and bucked the trend with a new one. Lost all their creatives to Hyundai, Kia, and Benz

    • D83

      DRL also started from Audi A4 B8 right?? yes, they’re introducing the breakthrough design for other manufacturer, but failed to improved their lineup’s design. Even Japanese car like Lexus that used to be “Boring” design, impress everyone with their new styling (LC, LX)

      • Matthew Boyd

        Close, the DRL’s on the C6 S6 and D3 S8 started the craze. S6 stand alone and S8 integrated into the headlight as DRL, but the introduction of the long DRL’s in the headlights started on the A5 in April-May 2008. That’s what shocked the world and started the craze with Mercedes jumping on the bandwagon soon after tacking DRL’s on their entire product line. 8th gen A4 followed suit October/November of 08. Of course the R8 Jan 08′ superbowl commercial introduction with LED DRL’s in the headlights is in the conversation, but that’s not a car people saw on the streets at the time so I believe it has little impact on this conversation.

      • greatscott

        Yeah, you’re generally correct, Audi popularized that too. It seems like Matthew Boyd has the complete picture about the exact history, so I’ll defer to him about the DRL’s. As for the boring Japanese cars, it seems like the majority of the auto community believes, and I think I have to agree with them on this too, that they’ve turned from boring into hideous monstrosities.

    • Matthew Boyd

      As for the grilles, how else would Audi create a distinction between vehicles in the same family. 4-6-8 sides of the Single Frame grille on different segment models. It had to evolve.

      • greatscott

        Oh yeah, I definitely agree with you there. It is a pretty natural way to distinguish different classes, all I was implying is that it was not the only way, and technically not even necessary that different classes need to have different grille shapes (or even if they did, it could have been different proportions of a quadrilateral, for example). With that said though, if I were an Audi executive, I would have gone the Hyundai route too in all fairness. So that was basically the reason for my initial surprise, but it’s a good surprise.

        I don’t think Audi’s grille design is bad at all, sorry if I wasn’t being clear about that. I actually was trying to convey the opposite since I think Hyundai’s grilles are great, and just making an interesting observation that Audi and Hyundai’s designs exhibit some cool design convergence given both of their historical importance to automotive design. I’m really eager to go see the new models in person like you suggested!

  • javier

    mmmmm. rsq3

  • D83

    Key message ; please create a model with “distinctive” looks, instead of Copy-Paste the same design to whole lineups.

    • TheHake

      Everyone is doing that now.

    • Matthew Boyd

      Is that a message to Tesla, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Porsche, etc… the entire auto industry? You notice Audi has done this since the late 90’s, took Porsche “youth in design” philosophy and evolved their cars instead of recreated them each generation. It helps with them not aging. The rest of the auto industry has just began to catch on…You have to know that this is done for a reason and is not by chance lol! I hope your comment was a joke! If you have a friend who’s a designer, just ask them a few questions.

      • OdysseyTag

        Pretty much why I’ve always loved evolutionary design. Even as a designer, I’ve been taught the significance of both establishing an identity and reinventing yourself.

        I believe in many ways the Germans have got the former down to a well-polished science.

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  • nastinupe

    They forgot to mention the A8, A7 and A6???

    • Daniela Wolf

      All up for sale already 😛

      • nastinupe

        Show me where I can purchase a 2019 A6, A7 or A8 in the US.

        • Daniela Wolf

          not in the USA.

  • botornot387

    This article is pretty spot on. I think there are still some items left out like the RS5 cabriolet. Also, I think the only thing I see as not being so accurate is the Q4 being an X4 rival, as in current naming structures, a Q6 would be a Q5 based rival, which an X4 rival would be.

    I recall Audi saying that they were already working on both a Q4 and Q6, which would be logical, as a Q6 would be a rival to the X4, and Audi wanted something along the lines of the clubsport design language to be an X2 rival, obviously being based on the Q3.

  • Harry_Wild

    Still no Jeep pickup, Honda Passport, Ford Explorer, BMW X5, Mercedes GLC, Toyota Highlander.

  • David Behmoaras

    These future model lineup previews are amazing. For someone who is in the autoparts business, this is exactly what we need in order to track forthcoming models to keep our catalog up to date. Thanks and keep them coming!

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