Audi: 'Our priority is new SUVs'
Speaking to What Car? at the Shanghai motor show, Durheimer said: 'SUV products are a first priority.'
He also revealed that Audi is planning both a super-luxury SUV to sit above the current Q7 and a Q2, which will provide a lower, sportier alternative to the current Q3.
Audi is also considering other options for families, including 'Shooting Brake' models, possibly based on the Audi A6 Avant and a direct competitor to the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake.
Durheimer also admitted that 'there is room for an MPV'. Previously, senior Audi sources have revealed that the company is planning a luxury six- or seven-seater MPV, as long as it can maintain the design and sporty credentials of the rest of the range.
However, Audi's technical boss also conceded that these new models will come at the expense of a proposed R4 mid-engined sports car.
He said: 'There is space below the R8 and we have designed a car, but it's not a priority.
'If we do eventually do it, it will have to bring technology and be mid-engined to separate it from the TT.'
By Chas Hallett