Audi is a German auto manufacturer that produces many types of luxury and performance vehicles. In recent years, Audi sport utility vehicles have become some of the most popular in the brand’s lineup. Audi, which is owned by the Volkswagen Group, is based in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. However, Audi vehicles, including Audi SUVs, are produced at nine assembly facilities throughout the world. The Audi brand shares many of its design and engineering resources with other Volkswagen Group brands, which is especially apparent in Audi sport utility vehicles. The visual and mechanical aspects of Audi SUVs, such as the Audi Q7, are quite similar to the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, since all three vehicles were codeveloped. Though Audi sport utility vehicles retain a unique look and feel, and boast some features and design cues that are specific to the Audi brand, the shared Volkswagen Group resources were crucial to allow the Audi SUV lineup to become possible. Since the Volkswagen Group acquired the Audi brand, Audi vehicles have focused on providing a combination of performance and luxury, and Audi’s sport utility vehicle lineup strives to achieve the same balance.
The first Audi sport utility vehicle to be developed was the Audi Q7. Designed alongside its Volkswagen and Porsche siblings, the full size Q7 is positioned between them in the sport utility vehicle market. The Audi Q7 was first revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September of 2005. Production began a year later, and the Audi SUV finally went on sale in 2007. It is a longitudinal front engine vehicle and features Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. The Audi Q7 is available in select global markets, and offers a variety of gasoline and diesel powertrains. The Q5 was the second vehicle to be added to the lineup of Audi sport utility vehicles. The Audi Q5 is a mid-size SUV that looks quite similar to the larger Q7, but is scaled down to fit on the same platform as the Audi A5 coupe. The Q5 has been in production since 2008, and came to market for the 2009 model year. The Q5 also offers a variety of gasoline and diesel drivetrains, to be suitable for various global markets, although these engine offerings are less powerful than those available in the Q7. Rounding out the Audi sport utility vehicle lineup is the Q3 compact crossover, also built on the Audi A5 platform. The Audi Q3 went into production in 2011 as a 2012 model year vehicle.