It’s looking like Audi will bring its performance-minded RS3 to the States. But don’t expect the European version.
Plus, Cadillac’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. will soon get a new name.
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Audi Plans to Bring RS3 and Q8 To U.S.
Performance fans can rejoice because Audi is all but confirming a U.S. version of the RS3. The Sportback just launched in Europe, but we’re not sure of U.S. timing. However, we do know it probably won’t be coming as hatchback, rather instead as a compact sedan. Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says he believes a sedan is a better match for U.S. drivers.
“We really, really want the RS3,” Keogh tells Automotive News. He predicts that the sedan is “going to be a great positioning car, a great halo car. I’m very confident we’ll see that car on the market. That’s as far as I’m going to go.”
America’s RS3, is, however, expected to get all the power packed into its European sibling and by power we mean 367 hp.
Meanwhile, Audi also says it will bring the Q8 SUV over, but not until it launches in Europe first in 2017. The Q8 is a higher-end version of the redesigned Q7.
According to Keogh, “The Q8 looks to be a home run product for the U.S., if you look at its size and where it’s going to be positioned. That’s absolutely a car that we will see in the United States.”
Cadillac Renames SRX and Drops ELX
Cadillac’s next generation midsize SRX is expected to make its debut this Fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but with a new name. The automaker is expected to rename it the XT5, which would be in line with Cadillac’s new branding scheme.
Sales of the luxury SUV are down for the automaker because Cadillac’s allowed it to grow old without giving it a major update soon enough. So it’s lost its edge to midsize competitors as they roll out new models. Needless to say, Fall’s launch of an all-new XT5 will be important to the brand as it hopes to gain some of the ground it’s lost in the market.
Meanwhile, Cadillac’s not showing any more love to its hybrid ELR. It’s giving the coupe the axe after the current generation. It never gained traction in the market and it’s $75,000 price tag didn’t help. (Why that’s how much a Tesla S costs.) It’ll retire after this year.