Sources say Audi is also about to move towards a new design language and a strategy that will emphasise its quattro four-wheel-drive technology on certain models.
Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg said at the Detroit motor show that the Q range had “lots of potential”.
A Q1 baby SUV is planned for 2016. It will be based on the VW Group’s MQB platform and be built in Germany, with the next-generation Q5 shifting to Mexico to make production capacity available for it.
“We can go up after that [with a Q8 or Q9] and can also go in-between our current Q cars with a model between the Q3 and Q5 or one between the Q5 and Q7,” said Hackenberg. “These are projects we are discussing and working on.
“You can go sportier with Q cars but you can also be more MPV-like with more seats. Q can be a way of thinking, presenting a lifestyle. We need cars with more seats; MPVs are not fashionable but SUVs are, so why not combine both? The Q6 is a theory for this.”