2018 is in full swing, and we’re already excited for the new Audi and VW models coming this year. With Geneva Motor Show coming in March, we’re set for a truly great year of motoring from new technologies, to new designs, to new models!
With so much to get excited about, we’ve narrowed it down to the top ten Audi and VW models we’re most excited for in 2018.
The Audi A7 Sportback, due in early 2018, sets new standards in the luxury class thanks to a sleek new design, straight out of an updated Audi design language handbook, a sporty driving experience, minimal interior and versatile space concept.
The exterior design is an expression of the new design language that Audi introduced with the new Audi A8 – large surfaces, sharp edges, athletic lines complemented by narrow headlights, bold air inlets and a flat front end that perfectly emphasise the wide, low body. The long engine hood, long wheelbase and short overhangs gave us a feeling of luxuriousness that we didn’t get from the A8. We feel that there’s something genuinely more striking about this new design, as a four-door coupe, especially the S line variant. The silhouette of the car is defined by the dynamic roofline, which drops sharply towards the rear.
VW Tiguan Allspace
The new Volkswagen Tiguan, a super family-friendly extended wheelbase model called the Tiguan Allspace, has an optional third row of seats, updated styling and plenty of new details. This should leave car owners with larger families excited as the Tiguan range is seen as one of the most affordable family SUV ranges out there.
The Tiguan Allspace fills a hole that shouldn’t have been there in the first place. Previously, if you wanted a seven-seater Volkswagen, you only really had the Touran 7-Seater. Now, the new Tiggy squeezes seven seats in to the same, popular SUV format with an extended wheelbase thanks to an optional third row configuration.
Audi e-tron Sportback
There’s a number of reasons we’re excited for Audi’s first designed-for-electric model. The first is that it’s, well, electric. There’s not much competition in terms of luxury electric models at the moment, but that looks like it will be changing rapidly from 2018 onwards.
All of Audi’s electric vehicles are being scheduled for release from 2018 through to 2021, and Audi has promised that they will have announced 30 new electric models by 2025. This is an important time for Audi as they plan for the future of the brand with electric as a focus, so tomorrow’s announcement will be an important one if it hopes to catch the attention of potential electric car customers.
The second reason we’re excited? Audi have gone on record as saying that the Audi e-tron Sportback will have a 310 mile range on a 90kWh battery. That’s a lot of range for a readily available battery size. I think it’s time for us to say that range anxiety is a thing of the past already.
Volkswagen’s fourth SUV, the T-Roc, sits below the Tiguan in the lineup. Compact, expressive and striking, this model plans to shake up the segment.
Offering maximum personalisation, innovative technologies, leading driver assistance systems and dynamic engines, this model is fully capable in the city and on rough terrain.
VW Chairman of the Board, Dr Herbert Diess, said at the world premiere in Italy: “The T-Roc sets a new benchmark in the booming SUV segment. With its functionality, dynamic handling and technology, the T-Roc embodies all good Volkswagen qualities. It marks a milestone in our SUV offensive.”
Audi RS5 Sportback
The Audi RS5 Coupe was a serious head turner when it was announced – 444bhp, 2.9 TFSI V6 biturbo engine, quattro and plenty more! Since it became available for purchase, we’ve been inundated with people asking for a Sportback version. Fortunately, 2018 is the year those requests will be answered.
We expect that Audi will unveil the 5-door version at Geneva Motor Show in March. We’ll be on the ground bringing you all the latest updates, so make sure to keep an eye on our social channels.
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VW Polo GTI
When the new Volkswagen Polo range was revealed last year, we darted straight to the VW Polo GTI model. As the Polo range grows closer to the Golf range with numerous more similarities, it was the GTI version that we wanted to see the most.
After VW departed the World Rally Championship, it was with a heavy heart that many rally fans thought they would never see the iconic Polo GTI on the rally scene again. Fortunately, VW have been selling these models the private teams ready for the 2018 WRC.
Audi A8 and Audi A8 L
The Audi A8 received a huge amount of attention at Frankfurt Motor Show, and for good reason with features like autonomous driving, a completely rethought MMI system, foot massager, and more.
With the Audi A8 models on display, and numerous engine options – all sporting Audi’s new engine naming system – the carmaker presents the future of the luxury class. In its fourth generation, the brand’s flagship model again provides the benchmark for Vorsprung durch Technik. With a new design language, an innovative touchscreen operating concept and a systematically electrified drive, Audi are pushing forward with new technologies to show that they can keep up with innovation in an ever-competitive market.
The Audi A8 is also the first Audi production car to have been developed for highly automated driving. The promise is that a press of the Audi AI button in the centre console will allow the driver to partially relax and let the car do the driving.
Expect Audi to reveal an Audi S8 model at Geneva Motor Show.
The Audi A1 hasn’t received an update in a very long time. That’s why we’re excited for Audi’s big reveal of the new A1 this year. We don’t think it will be unveiled at Geneva, but we’re hoping for a few teasers in late 2018 for this updated model.
The new A1 should feature a brand new bumper design, an improved infotainment system and the ever-popular Virtual Cockpit. It’s also likely that the new A1 will launch alongside a new S1 as well.
When Audi announced that they would be bringing eight new RS models to the market by early 2018, we were hopeful for an RS version of the newly designed Audi Q5. The rumour mill is in full swing on the run up to Geneva, but it’s seeming more and more likely that an RS Q5 will be available by the end of the year.
We have it on good authority that an RS version of an Audi SUV is nearly ready to be revealed, so we should know more about this model by March as well.