Like virtually every other automaker, Audi is planning to transition to an electric lineup. The timing for this change hasn’t been clear, but now Automotive News reports that the final new Audi model equipped with an internal combustion engine (ICE) will be the 2026 Q8 flagship SUV. Thereafter, all new Audis will have a battery electric vehicle (BEV) drive system.
Reportedly, according to company sources who spoke to Automobilwoche, a German publication affiliated with Automotive News, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann announced the decision at a management meeting in Ingolstadt, Germany, last week.
Audi has previously confirmed that it has halted new development of ICE powertrains. Instead, the automaker will adapt its existing ICE offerings to meet upcoming emissions regulations. Now, it appears the final evolution of the automaker’s existing gasoline engines will find its way under the next-generation Q8’s hood. An electric Q8, called the Q8 E-tron, will be sold alongside the gas-fueled version of the SUV.
The report says any gasoline, diesel, or hybrid models that Audi launches by 2026 will remain on sale into the first part of the next decade. A firm final year of sales is unconfirmed, but Handelsblatt, an industry newspaper, reported 2032 as the last year of availability for the gasoline-powered Q8.