Audi's new 4x4s to be built in eastern Europe

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The first Audi Q8 will drive off the assembly line in Bratislava in 2018, while the Q4 will go into production the year after at Audi's plant in Gyor, Hungary. Audi launched a leaner Q7 model in 2015, the all-new Q2 previous year and in 2018 will start making the electric e-tron quattro SUV to take on Tesla's TSLA.O Model X.

The Audi Q4 will be produced in 2019, the vehicle maker has confirmed; production will take place at Audi's plant in Győr, Hungary.

How we've managed it this far without a gargantuan Audi crossover-SUV-sports-luxury-thingy is something mankind will probably never know, but worry not, good CTzens, because the Q8 is finally nearly here.

Audi's new offerings in the fast-growing 4x4 market will compete with forthcoming models from its German rival BMW, which is adding an X2 and an X7 to its line-up in 2018.

The SUVs will increase Audi's competitiveness "in an extremely important segment", the automaker's production chief, Hubert Waltl, said in a statement on Tuesday.

It is scheduled to follow the Q6 and Q8 into showrooms in 2019 at a price expected to start about £28,000.

The Audi Q8 concept was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January. VW also builds the VW Up, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo minicars at the factory.

Inside, it is claimed the Q8 will offer the latest in driver assistance technology and infotainment system. Featuring a typical coupe-style silhouette, the Audi Q4 will be positioned between the Audi Q3 and Q5.

It's lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing.

With the Q8, Audi aims to open up a new segment for its top-end models.