A7/S7: The A7 lineup received its midcycle update earlier this year, including a new front fascia with LED lights, Audi's next-generation infotainment interface, plus more powerful engines. A redesign is due in 2018. Audi design chief Marc Lichte says that among Audi sedans, the next A7 will hew most closely to the Prologue's sheet metal.
A8/S8: Audi's technological showpiece will include the first iteration of Audi's autonomous driving system when it is redesigned in 2017. Audi's Traffic Jam Pilot system can navigate the A8 hands-free on congested roads and highways at speeds of up to 37 mph. An e-tron plug-in hybrid diesel variant will also be added to the A8 lineup globally, though U.S. plans for it haven't been determined. The sheet metal will adopt styling from the Prologue concept.
TT: The redesigned 2016 sporty coupe is arriving in U.S. dealerships now while the high performance TTS arrives in October. Audi moved the TT onto the MQB platform toolkit that also underpins the VW Golf and Audi A3.
The TT also debuts Audi's new Virtual Cockpit, which replaces the traditional center-stack screen with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster featuring 3-D graphics. The system was first shown at the 2015 International CES.
Under normal Audi product cycles, the TT would be due for a freshening in 2019.
R8: The next-generation R8 is slated to go on sale in the U.S. next spring for the 2017 model year after European sales begin later this year. The mid-engine sports car retains its overall shape but the sheet metal has harder edges and dramatic surface texturing. Audi dropped the current entry-level model's V-8 in favor of two, more-powerful 5.2-liter V-10 engines. However, a third gasoline-powered engine is under study, and Quattro GmbH boss Heinz Hollerweger recently suggested that a twin-turbo V-6 or turbocharged inline five-cylinder could be used in an entry-level R8. The R8 will also get Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display.
Q1: The Q1 enters production next year, but Audi officials doubt such a small, relatively spartan crossover would be a good fit in the U.S.
Q3: The Q3 was recently freshened for the 2016 model year. Following Audi's usual six- to eight-year global product lifecycles, the Q3 would be due for a redesign in 2018 or 2019, when it will move to the MQB platform.
Q4/TTQ: The TT Offroad concept crossover shown at the 2014 Beijing auto show previewed a sporty, coupe-like smaller crossover derived from the Q3 that Audi has been studying and could name the Q4 or TTQ if produced. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler recently told Automotive News Europe that the company hasn't decided if it will build it. If it gets the green light, it would need to ride on the next-generation MQB platform, he said, meaning it wouldn't arrive until after 2020.
Q5: Audi's top-selling U.S. nameplate will be redesigned for the 2017 model year and arrive stateside in the second half of 2016. The Q5 will be the first product assembled at Audi's new plant in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico, and will ride on Audi's second-generation MLB platform toolkit.
Crossover EV: Audi will launch an electric crossover starting in early 2018, previewed by the e-tron quattro SUV concept debuting at the Frankfurt auto show this month. Slotting between the Q5 and Q7 in terms of overall length, the vehicle is likely to be badged the Q6 e-tron. It will have a 310-mile range on a single charge and is viewed as a competitor to the coming Tesla Model X.
Given California's zero-emission vehicle mandate, there's a strong chance that the Q6 e-tron will be sold in the U.S.
Q7: The redesigned Q7 will arrive in the U.S. in early 2016 for the 2017 model year. The updated model, the first Audi vehicle to ride on the second-generation MLB platform, is tauter, lighter and slightly smaller than its predecessor. Powertrains will include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel, both of which offer lower fuel consumption and emissions from the outgoing Q7 lineup, Audi says. An e-tron plug-in hybrid is planned for the U.S. market, using either a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine or a 3.0-liter turbodiesel.
The Q7 will be loaded with technology inside, including Audi's Virtual Cockpit and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Q8: Described by Stadler as a "sporty Q derivative," the Q8 is due for a global launch in 2019. The crossover will be based on the Q7 arriving next year, but feature coupe-like proportions and seat five passengers rather than seven.
Q9: Downsizing the Q7 has made room for a bigger seven-seat cross-over to compete with the likes of the Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GL class and BMW X7. It would be built on a stretched version of the latest MLB platform and serve as the brand's flagship SUV. Audi officials haven't confirmed the Q9's existence, but industry watchers say it could arrive by the end of the decade.