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One year ago there was one battery-electric SUV on sale, the

Tesla Model X

. This year there are two, with the addition of the first legacy OEM entry, the

Jaguar I-Pace

. Over the next two years, at least nine more all-electric high haulers will get in on the buzz, from old-timers like


to fresh turks like


– and this doesn’t include

Chinese automakers

nor the ever-faltering

Faraday Future





has another electric


up its Ingolstadt sleeve after the


, preparing for a concept showing sometime early next year before going on sale in late 2020 around the same time as the

E-Tron GT


In 2017,

Audi said it planned to bring three EVs

to market by 2020, adding nine more such models by 2025.


said this new entrant will be sized between the


(pictured) and


, making it the smallest and most affordable


in the German maker’s lineup. Assuming it shows up on time, this little guy would be


fourth EV in the aforementioned timeframe after the E-Tron,

E-Tron Sportback

, and E-Tron GT. It will also be a clear member of the family, Audi design chief Marc Lichte confirming the same inverted grille, intakes, and shoulder line from the larger siblings for the entry-level EV.

On our

First Drive of the E-Tron SUV

, Audi told us it was working with three SUV platforms: a heavily reworked MLB Evo architecture for the E-Tron SUV and derivatives, J1 for the E-Tron GT – shared with the

Porsche Taycan

– and the coming PPE, developed with


for future EVs. Autocar says the unnamed Q EV will use the


Group’s MEB platform, developed first for the ID line of cars and crossovers due to launch next year with the

ID Neo

and eventually shared with




, too.

This vehicle

sounds like the A3-sized electric car

– down to the launch timeline – that Audi’s head of exterior design talked to

Auto Express

about at the

L.A. Auto Show

. At issue is whether it will be a traditional hatchback, as

Auto Express

calls it, or a crossover, as


calls it. For reference, the MEB-based ID Neo, which


calls a hatchback, is about the size of a

VW Golf


Since we don’t get the Q2 in America, but we do get the


, A3 Sportback E-Tron


, and


, we don’t know if whatever Audi reveals will head to international markets only.

Audi has said that its MEB platform

offerings “[serve] as the basis for a series of Audi e-models, particularly in the high-volume A segment. One of these is being developed specifically for the requirements of China, the single most important market.”

Alongside these four models, Audi will bring five more SUVs to market before 2025, leaving room for some Avant EVs in the pipeline.

Assuming on-time deliveries, by the time late 2020 gets here, our domestic

mainstream EV SUV playing field

will add the



Ford Mach E


Kia Niro EV


Mercedes-Benz EQC


Rivian R1T

pickup and



Tesla Model Y


Volvo XC40 EV

, and

VW ID Crozz


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