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Monday, November 21, 2022

New Audi Q6 E-Tron


One of the most anticipated future Audi models is the fully electric Q6 e-tron. Unrelated to the ICE-powered Audi Q6 that is already available in China, the Q6 e-tron will be a sporty and premium SUV that shares its underpinnings with the upcoming Porsche Macan EV featuring the latest advancements in terms of technology and driving dynamics.

Besides the numerous shots of camouflaged prototypes we have seen over the past couple of years, our spy photographers have caught Audi’s next SUV with an undisguised front end leaving little to the imagination. Using this as a base, our illustrator created a new rendering of the Q6 e-tron, accurately depicting how the production model will look like.

The Q6 e-tron will feature split headlights at the front, similar to the A6 e-tron sedan. The upper units will sport matrix LED graphics for a high-tech look, at least in some trims. Similarly to the smaller Q4 e-tron, the grille will be covered and painted in silver, but the bumper intakes will still be functional.

From the profile, the Q6 e-tron will look more dynamic than your average SUV thanks to the sculpted body lines and sporty proportions. The tail will be typical of the German brand with aggressive-looking horizontally mounted LED taillights. Besides the traditional SUV bodystyle, Audi will also launch the Q6 e-tron Sportback coupe-SUV with a sloping roofline and an integrated spoiler. As with most Audi models these days, a high performance-focused RS variant with an even sportier bodykit will join the range at a later date.

Inside, spy shots have revealed a different layout to the current Audi range. The dashboard is dominated by a large portrait-orientation infotainment touchscreen combined with a digital instrument cluster. The multifunctional flat-bottom four-spoke steering wheel features Audi’s new and simpler emblem, while the center console has fewer buttons than ever before.

Unlike the more mainstream Q4 e-tron which is based on the VW Group’s MEB architecture and the larger Q8 e-tron flagship that sits on an updated version of the aging MLB Evo, the Q6 e-tron will ride on the more sophisticated Premium Platform Electric (PPE). Those same underpinnings will be shared with the upcoming Audi A6 e-tron and the Porsche Macan EV. The PPE is compatible with single (RWD) or dual electric motors (AWD), and a battery with a capacity of up to 100 kWh.

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