A brand new, premium electrical car is being developed to make a run at Tesla
by Kirby Garlitos, on
As we put together to shut 2020 and welcome in 2021, it’s time to start out familiarizing ourselves with a reputation that would dominate the headlines within the upcoming yr. The identify is “Landjet,” and it’s the inside codename of a brand new flagship electrical car that the Volkswagen Group is creating for lots of its manufacturers.
Yes, the Landjet isn’t restricted to a single make or producer; it’s being developed as an all-encompassing premium zero-emissions car for Audi, Bentley, and Porsche. Different variations of the Landjet — relying on the automaker — will come out, although all variations will journey on the identical modular PPE platform that Audi and Porsche developed for big autos.
What’s Project Artemis?
Before we dive into the Landjet program, it’s vital to determine what the Volkswagen Group’s overarching plans are. For that, we have to flip our consideration to Project Artemis.
Project Artemis is a long-term plan created by the Volkswagen Group that’s geared in the direction of EV domination sooner or later, and by future, we imply 2024. Leading this challenge is Alexander Hitzinger, who a few of you would possibly acknowledge for his contributions in creating the Porsche 919 hybrid race automotive that dominated Le Mans from 2015 to 2017. Hitzinger moved to Apple shortly thereafter to assist the tech big with its personal autonomous automotive ambitions, however now, Hitzinger is again with the Volkswagen Group to guide Project Artemis and create a brand-new, built-from-the-ground-up electrical car that may compete in opposition to the titans of the phase, particularly Tesla.
That yet-to-be-identified car — or autos, on this case — nonetheless doesn’t have a reputation, but it surely does go by an inside codename: Landjet.
What do we all know in regards to the Landjet thus far?
To say that the Volkswagen Group has rather a lot driving on the success of Project Artemis and the Landjet EV isn’t doing justice to the enormity of the whole challenge.
Basically, Volkswagen is pushing all of its EV chips on the desk with a car that will probably be utilized by three of the conglomerate’s most well-known — and you’ll argue, most vital — manufacturers: Audi, Porsche, and Bentley.
That’s most likely the most important false impression folks have of the Landjet; it’s not an EV mannequin for a single automotive marker, however quite, a vehicular program that will probably be constructed on Volkswagen’s modular PPE platform and will probably be provided in three distinct kinds from the three aforementioned auto manufacturers. Audi may have its personal spin on the Landjet. So will Porsche and Bentley.
No one from the Volkswagen Group has given any indication on what sort of car the Landjet will probably be. The solely factor we hold listening to — repeatedly, too — is that it is going to be a “revolution,” as if that’s not imprecise sufficient.
Nevertheless, the choice to make use of the PPE structure provides some clues on that matter. The structure was collectively developed by Audi and Porsche to function a platform for giant autos. There have been whispers, too, that the Landjet may have three rows of seats in its cabin. That means that we’re taking a look at a minivan or an SUV. A sedan can be attainable, although it’s exhausting to think about a three-row sedan that doesn’t compromise the normal proportions of, properly, a sedan.
If you’re wishing for it to be the latter, the 2017 Audi Aicon Concept involves thoughts as s potential springboard to your imaginations. It was offered as a premium electrical sedan with stage 5 autonomy, and whereas it solely had a 2+2 format, it’s size — it measured 17.9 ft lengthy — makes a three-row inside setup attainable.
When can we count on the Landjet to reach?
The Volkswagen Group has set a 2024 launch date for the Landjet. Since Audi is main the formidable challenge, it’s probably that the primary model of the premium EV will put on the 4 rings badge.
Bentley and Porsche variations will comply with swimsuit, although it’s unclear if these fashions will probably be launched across the similar time because the Audi EV or additional down the highway.
These launch dates aren’t going to occur anytime quickly, although, so as a substitute of specializing in these, it’s finest to pay attention to the place the challenge is for the time being. According to Car and Driver, the Landjet is at present in progress within the design studio of Martch Licthe, Audi’s head of design. Licthe didn’t dive into any specifics, however he did say that the outside will probably be completely different from any Audi we’ve seen earlier than. Likewise, the Landjet’s inside format may also be dramatically completely different. For now, that’s the extent of it.
That stated, we should always count on to listen to extra — much more! — about Volkswagen’s Project Artemis program and the Landjet that’ll come out of it in 2021. It’s too large of a deal to be stored beneath sheets till 2024, particularly with all these talks saying how “revolutionary” the automotive goes to be.
We’re excited to seek out out if the hype is all that. But for now, we’ll stick and watch for additional information and developments.
Source: Car & Driver
Kirby’s first publicity into the world of cars occurred when he caught Knight Rider on tv as a five-year outdated boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t depart a lot of an impression on him (that occurred in a while in Baywatch), however KITT actually did. To at the present time, Kirby stays satisfied that he’ll someday personal a automotive with the identical ‘spirit’ as the unique KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He would not know when that will probably be, however till then, he’s dedicated to expressing his love for KITT, and all automobiles for that matter, right here at TopSpeed.
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