All-new Audi Q6 e-tron unveiled

Max McDee, 19 March 2024

Audi's journey toward true purpose-built EVs has been long and occasionally turbulent. After years of anticipation and a bumpy start stemming from technical delays, the German automaker has finally unveiled its eagerly awaited Audi Q6 e-tron. The sleek electric SUV marks a turning point for Audi, it’s a decisive shift away from its retrofitted electric offerings and into a new era defined by ground-up EV designs.

The Q6 e-tron stands tall on the cutting-edge Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture, co-developed with Porsche. This collaboration represents a pooling of resources and expertise within the Volkswagen Group, promising to deliver much-needed scalability across future Audi models. The company is determined to reclaim its legacy as an automotive innovator with the Q6 e-tron, setting the pace for EV range, performance, and charging capabilities.

Powering the SUV is a 100 kWh battery pack, mirroring that of the Porsche Macan. Audi promises up to 270 kW DC charging, enabling drivers to add 158 miles of range with a mere ten-minute charge. The key to this impressive feat lies in Audi's new thermal management system, ensuring optimal charging performance even on long hauls. This technology helps address the common concern of 'range anxiety' and promises to elevate the Q6 e-tron into the realm of true road-trip-ready EVs.

Initially, the Audi Q6 e-tron launches with two potent all-wheel-drive variants. The base model packs a 285 kW punch and promises 388 miles of WLTP range, while the sporty SQ6 e-tron takes things up a notch with a thrilling 380 kW. The extra power uses a bit more energy and the resulting range of 372 miles reflects that clearly.

Intriguingly, Audi also teases the arrival of rear-wheel-drive models further down the line. These promise to be the efficiency champions of the Q6 e-tron lineup while also opening the door to a more affordable entry point for EV enthusiasts.

The Q6 e-tron proudly carries Audi's latest design language, balancing muscular contours with futuristic accents. Sculpted 'quattro blisters' at the wheel arches pay homage to Audi's racing pedigree, while the overall silhouette exudes a sense of power and refinement.

Inside, the Q6 e-tron is unmistakably Audi: luxurious, technologically advanced, and designed for maximum driver comfort and convenience. The highlight is the 14.5-inch curved touchscreen infotainment system, seamlessly angled towards the driver's seat for optimal access and visibility.

The Q6 e-tron takes advantage of its dedicated EV platform: a flat floor and long wheelbase provide a cavernous interior, ensuring ample space and flexibility for both passengers and cargo. With the rear seats up, the trunk has 18.6 ft³ capacity, put the seats down and you end up with 54 ft³. And let's not forget the convenient 'frunk' – a luxury made possible by the compact nature of electric motors.

As a major milestone, the Q6 e-tron represents the first electric model built at Audi's historic Ingolstadt plant. This signifies the automaker's commitment to the ongoing transformation of its manufacturing centers to meet the demands of an electric future.

Model Q6 e-tron SQ6 e-tron
Power 285 kW 380 kW
Acceleration 0-62 mph 5,9 s 4,3 s
Top speed 130 mph 143 mph
Range WLTP 388 miles 372 miles
Battery capacity 100 kWh 100 kWh
DC charging time 10-80% 21 min 21 min
Price (Germany) $80,200 $100,700

The Audi Q6 e-tron arrives in European showrooms in the summer of 2024, with the base model starting at $80,200 and the performance-oriented SQ6 e-tron at $100,700 in Germany. With its powerful specs, sophisticated design, and the weight of the Audi name behind it, the Q6 e-tron looks poised to make a splash in the booming premium electric SUV market.


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