The Audi Landjet (official name TBA) developed by the Alexander Hitzinger-led Artemis GmbH will have a range of at least 373 miles. This is first aspect of the 2024 Audi Landjet specifications to emerge in the public domain.
The Audi Landjet will be an innovative model utilizing the Audi-Porsche co-developed Premium Platform Electric (PPE). In its Annual Report for 2020, Audi has revealed that the PPE platform can deliver a range of up to 600 km or 373 miles as per Europe’s WLTP. The figure is the initial target, and it says “further development advances possible” in a disclaimer. Given that the Audi Landjet is a large, upper-class EV, safely assume that it would boast the best possible range of the PPE platform. In the U.S., the EPA-estimated range could be about 300 miles.
The Audi Landjet concept is ready well ahead of its reported world premiere in September. Shortly development work of the production Audi Landjet is to commence. Markus Duesmann, CEO, Audi, revealed new developments at Volkswagen Group’s Power Day earlier this month. He said:
After almost nine months, we have now reached an important project milestone and successfully completed the concept phase for the first model based on the Artemis. We are now starting serial development of this project.Markus Duesmann, CEO, Audi
Duesmann indicated that the Audi Landjet will debut the Group’s unified cell battery technology, which, according to the group, offers the best conditions for the eventual transition to solid state battery technology.
The model (Artemis) will play a key role in its respective model series. Among other things, it will be the spearhead of our electronic platform. This first model based on Artemis will also be the first one to use a new unified battery cell format.Markus Duesmann, CEO, Audi
Audi Landjet is neither an ‘A’ nor ‘Q’ model
Audi can’t reveal what the Landjet, initiated under the Artemis project, is just yet, but can tell us what it’s not. In an interview with Wirtschafts Woche in January, Duesmann discussed about the branding of the Landjet.
Duesmann said that “the first from the new Artemis e-car business unit,” internally called Audi Landjet, will belong to a “new vehicle category.” It will be neither a large sedan positioned above the Audi A8 (and thus not an Audi A9) nor a large SUV positioned above the Audi Q7. It’s not an “A or Q” series car, Duesmann confirmed.
Audi Landjet to be “a radical new concept”, says the Audi design chief
The Audi Landjet is expected to be a revolutionary product at Audi, and that’s exactly the way Marc Lichte, Head of Design, Audi, describes it. Speaking to caranddriver.com in December 2020, he provided small details on the four-ringed brand’s future flagship EV.
Lichte said that the Audi Landjet would be “a revolution” and “a radical new concept”. The Audi design chief is of course one of the privileged few who have seen the car, and he says that it “looks completely different”.
Level 4 Autonomous driving capable
The Audi Landjet will have advanced autonomous driving capabilities compared to the current Audi models. “Artemis has completely new electronics and functionality, including the ability to do Level 4 autonomous driving,” Duesmann told CAR recently. “Volkswagen’s new high-volume Trinity EV project, which comes two years later, will also use Artemis technology,” he added.
Audi showcased its vision of Level 4 autonomous driving with the Elaine concept in 2017 and Level 5 autonomous driving with the Aicon concept the same year. The Aicon concept has been said to influence the design of the Landjet.
Level 4 autonomous driving is a ‘High Automation’ level, where systems do not require inputs from the driver but their functions are limited to some areas – such as in a parking lot or on highways. The driver needs to take control when the vehicle leaves the defined areas, like when it drives into town.
Alex Hitzinger-led Artemis project becomes ‘Artemis GmbH’
Three months ago, Artemis changed from an internal project to an independent company, which should give it more autonomy and ease of operation. It was created in early June last year to fast-track Audi’s Tesla rivals, including the hyped Audi Landjet.
Announcing the new company (on linkedin.com), Alexander Hitzinger, who previously headed the Artemis project, said: “Goodbye VW Autonomy, hello Artemis GmbH!” Hitzinger has been appointed the CEO of Artemis GmbH and the company is in the hunt for engineers and tech experts, it was revealed in the same social media post.
Audi Landjet origins
On November 16, 2020, Volkswagen Group commissioned “three fully electric D-SUV models” to the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Hannover factory. According to a report from German newspaper handelsblatt.com (via Autonews.com) one of the three cars is the rumored Audi Landjet (codename: Audi E6), part of the high-priority Audi Artemis Project.
Handelsblatt learned from its sources that the Audi Landjet will be a three-row seven-seat model, which suggests that Volkswagen Group aims to develop a premium alternative to the Tesla Model X.
The Audi Artemis project would be the next major milestone in Volkswagen Group’s electrification journey. Headed by Alex Hitzinger, the project aims to deliver a “pioneering” Audi EV “quickly and unbureaucratically”. The learnings of this project that has speed and agility as pillars, would be implemented in the development of future cars not just at Audi but throughout Volkswagen Group to cut gestation period. Hitzinger formerly headed R&D at VWCV and was even the Senior Vice President of the Group with responsibility for autonomous driving. Seems like the VW Group has found the right man for the job.
A large degree of freedom has been granted to the Audi Artemis project team, and their first task is to create an EV – we call as the Audi Landjet – that will be road-ready in 2024. The project could mark the beginning of a new design language and an offbeat bodystyle for outlandish looks that puts Audi back in the driver seat for industry-leading design among high-volume luxury brands. Hitzinger’s motorsport background hints that due attention would be paid to performance and driving dynamics despite the obvious high level of autonomous driving technologies the vehicle would boast.
Citing industry sources, the report from auto motor und sport had suggested that the team working on the Audi Landjet is inspired by station wagon concepts like the Audi Avantissmo or the Audi Prologue Avant. While the exact body style is not yet clear, the market preference has moved on from station wagons, and at best some inspiration can come from the old concept cars.
The Audi Landjet could be an Audi A7-sized executive coupe (E-segment coupe), but with SUV character attributes, and by that, we don’t mean just the ride height with body enrichment. Designers should be careful not to present a bloated four-door model, but a form that breaks convention, initially that gets criticism but grows on the audience and inspires a new class of vehicle.
Audi is working on a dedicated fast-charging network as well while developing the Landjet, as per a report from spiegel.de. By the time it launches the Landjet, it would have an infrastructure similar to Tesla Supercharger that is exclusive to the brand. Porsche customers will also be allowed to charge at these fast-charging stations eventually. Charging at 350 kW or even higher peak charging power should be possible here.
The Audi Landjet will ride on Premium Platform Electric (PPE) that debuted in the production Audi e-tron GT last month. Co-developed with Porsche, the PPE platform supports RWD and AWD drivetrain layouts, with the latter featuring a second electric motor (PSM or ASM) at the front axle. The state of charge is 800 volts, and so, rapid charging at 350 kW is possible. However, the maximum charging power would be capped at 270 kW. The Audi Landjet could be fast-charged to 80% capacity in under half an hour.
Volkswagen Group plans to develop the VWCV Hannover car factory into a multi-brand site beginning with the three D-SUVs. The two D-SUVs apart from the Audi Landjet or whichever Audi electric SUV has been allotted to this plant will be Bentley and Porsche platform-mates. The Audi, Bentley & Porsche electric SUVs made in Hannover will be “highly automated”, Dr Carsten Intra, Chairman of the BoM of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said on the day of the announcement where it was confirmed that the first of these SUVs will enter production in 2024.
Audi Landjet concept to debut at Munich Motor Show (IAA 2021)
In January, a report from automobilwoche.de suggested that the Audi Landjet will debut at the first-ever Munich Motor Show this year. IAA 2021 is scheduled to take place from September 7-12. Insiders describe the Audi Landjet concept as a sporty and elegant amalgamation of an estate or an Avant in Audi parlance, and a four-door coupe.
Audi Landjet FAQ
What is the Audi Landjet release date?
2024 is the much-awaited Audi Landjet release date.
What will be the Audi Landjet alternatives?
The Audi Landjet is expected to rival the Tesla Model X with three rows seating 7 occupants.
Featured Image Source: Designer Junghyun Kim’s Audi AI:US concept