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Following the reveal of its off-road-capable Activesphere concept, Audi is reportedly working on a rugged electric off-roader that’ll rival the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz EQG and Land Rover Defender EV.

As reported by Autocar, this Audi SUV hasn’t been permitted for manufacturing simply but however it might come to fruition in 2027 as a part of a push into new segments.

Audi designer Marc Lichte informed the British publication he thinks “there’s house” for a rugged SUV in Audi’s passenger automotive lineup.

“There is potential as a result of there are solely two premium gamers [in this segment],” mentioned Mr Lichte hinting at Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover.

“I believe there’s house for a 3rd one.”

Autocar reviews this rugged SUV is a separate challenge to the manufacturing model of the high-riding Activesphere idea.

This new Audi electric off-roader will reportedly not be based mostly on the Audi and Porsche co-developed Premium Platform Electric (PPE) structure, nor the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok‘s T6 platform.

Mr Lichte wouldn’t be drawn on specifics, however mentioned it could experience on a platform taken from elsewhere within the Volkswagen Group portfolio.

As the upcoming Volkswagen Group’s MEB-replacing SSP platform has reportedly been delayed till 2028, one choice Audi could possibly be is the upcoming Scout’s “new technical platform concept”.

Volkswagen got here into possession of the Scout name in 2021 when its Traton truck division purchased Navistar, the guardian firm of International Harvester, the corporate which constructed the Jeep-style Scout utes and SUVs from 1961 to 1980.

The first member of the Scout vary, an electric ute, is scheduled to enter production in 2026. An SUV model can be deliberate.

As beforehand reported, sources informed Automobilwoche Volkswagen is in talks with Foxconn

– the contract producer most well-known for producing the Apple – about manufacturing the Scout vary.

The German commerce publication additionally mentioned Volkswagen was additionally in discussions with Magna-Steyr, which produces the likes of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Fisker Ocean and Jaguar I-Pace at its manufacturing unit in Graz, Austria.

It’s potential this Audi electric off-roader could possibly be in-built the identical place because the forthcoming Scout vary.

This Audi off-roader isn’t the one electric mannequin the German firm is reportedly working on.

Mr Lichte informed Auto Express Audi will launch 20 new electric automobiles (EVs) by 2026.

This publication on the opposite hand reviews this electric crossover might be based mostly on the Activesphere idea.

“We’re working on EVs and successors to the ICE fashions,” mentioned Mr Lichte.

“We’re about to see the most important product launch within the historical past of Audi with greater than 20 automobiles within the subsequent two and a half years.”

“That’s why we’re focusing on automobiles just like the Activesphere idea, which is our final present automotive for the subsequent few years in order that we are able to focus on collection manufacturing,” added Mr Lichte.

As beforehand reported, Audi is gearing as much as go all-electric by 2033 in all markets except for China.

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