2023 Audi Q6 spy video shows electric SUV testing on public roads

With the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback, Audi adapted the MLB platform originally developed for high-end vehicles with combustion engines to support a fully electric powertrain. Then the Q4 E-Tron and Q4 Sportback E-Tron arrived on the MEB platform engineered by parent company Volkswagen. For the Q6 E-Tron due next year, Audi will be using yet another platform, one developed in-house in collaboration with Porsche.

The Premium Platform Electric (PPE) will serve as a foundation not just for the Q6 E-Tron, but also the mechanically related Porsche Macan EV due in 2022 as well. In the meantime, the Audi version has been caught out in the open silently testing on the public roads of Germany during a rainy day. The zero-emissions SUV will be built at home in Ingolstadt and it already appears to be carrying the full production body.

Mind you, those taillights are not the final units as the camouflaged prototype has a provisional set, although the shape will remain the same on the production-ready Q6 E-Tron. The disguise does a good job at masking the SUV’s exterior styling, but we’re still getting the impression of a larger Q4 E-Tron. We were honestly hoping for a bit more variety, although it’s better to wait for the makeup to come off before judging the vehicle’s appearance.

You can tell it rides on a bespoke EV architecture by the short front and rear overhangs, enabling the engineers to maximize the length of the wheelbase. As a matter of fact, Audi has already said that even though it will roughly have the same size as the conventionally powered Q5, the room inside the cabin will be comparable to that of the larger Q7.

This statement is quite interesting and will make some people wonder why they should step up to the bigger E-Tron / E-Tron Sportback, which represents a compromise in terms of packaging since it’s not built on a dedicated electric car platform. A new generation of the flagship electric SUVs is not due until the latter half of the decade, with the current models set to receive a mid-cycle facelift soon that will bring more range.

The aforementioned PPE platform will be more sophisticated than MEB by supporting the implementation of an air suspension for a smoother ride. PPE-based EVs will also have four-wheel steering and torque vectoring, along with quick-charging capabilities at up to 350 kW. More than 300 miles between charging cycles has already been promised, and we’re expecting a similar range from the production version of the A6 E-Tron Sportback concept likely coming in a couple of years.

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Adrian Padeanu

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