For a couple of years now there has been talk of another crossover being added to the ‘Q’ range, and now AudiBlog understands that this new addition to the family will be called the Q6 e-tron, making it not only the next crossover to be launched after the ‘Q1‘ but also the next e-tron all electric model.
The artists impression above gives us some idea of what it may look like, but what could it offer us in terms of performance and spec? Let’s take a look.
Audi Q6 E-tron: a new kind of crossover
Audi states that the Q6 E-tron must eclipse the Tesla in every respect: power and torque, and driving range – even under draining conditions like the autobahn or Nordschleife.
Such ambitious goals require a heavily modified architecture, vehicle concept, battery configuration and drivetrain application. The battery pack is said to be as large as 100kWh (bigger than the R8 E-tron’s, in other words).
Weight must be minimised, and when combined with the two electric drivetrain options – with 300bhp/332lb ft and 400bhp/479lb ft – Ingolstadt sources reckon they have a Tesla Model S beater. Expected Range is said to be touching 200 miles between re-charging.
Audi Q6 Price
What will you be expected to pay for the new Q6? If reports are to be believed, figures around the £60,000 mark are under discussion, targeting the new tesla model x due out later this year.
Although Audi where rather late to the game with SUVs, introducing the Q7 for 2007, long after Mercedes-Benz and BMW released their first xovers, Audi is making up for lost time, unleashing a slew of SUVs in the coming years at the top and bottom of its range. Some will offer alternative powertrain choices, while the Q6 will go head-to-head with Tesla.
At the top of the range will be the Q8, a vehicle that has just been officially confirmed by board member Rupert Stadler during Audi’s annual press conference in Ingolstadt, the Q8 will be based on the Q7 and will go head-to-head with the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-class. In addition to gas-powered versions, we can expect high-performance varieties (SQ8, RS-Q8) and also a plug-in hybrid. Stadler also confirmed plans for an entry-level Q1 (Article Coming Up On This One), slated to launch in 2016.