One of the more important upcoming electric models for Audi will be the Q6 e-tron, which is set to debut sometime next year. When it goes into production in 2022, the Audi Q6 e-tron will be the first PPE-based electric vehicle to come from the VW Group. The PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture will underpin almost all upcoming VW Group EVs, including the Porsche Macan electric and the Audi A6 e-tron. However, it all starts with the Q6 e-tron, which was just recently caught testing in the wild yet again. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
In these new spy photos, you can clearly see the sportier design of the Audi Q6 e-tron, compared to Q4 e-tron and larger e-tron SUV. The Q6 e-tron gets a sportier roof line, muscular rear wheel arches, slim headlights, and sporty looking wheels (though, these might just be pre-production test-mule wheels), all of which give it a more athletic look than most of its e-tron siblings. Which makes sense, as the Q6 e-tron will likely share much of its development with the Porsche Macan.
No word on specs just yet, as Audi hasn’t released any information on battery size, powertrain, range, or charge speed. However, there are a few clues to what it might bring. Being based on Audi’s PPE architecture, the Q6 e-tron will have 800-volt architecture, just like the e-tron GT. Which means it will likely be able to charge at up to 270 kW, or even more. It also likely boast a range between 350-400 miles, considering Audi claimed the A6 e-tron Concept — based on the same PPE architecture — could get 430 miles. The Q6 e-tron will be heavier and less aerodynamic, so expect a lesser range than in the A6 e-tron.
It could boast the same powertrain as the A6 e-tron Concept, at least in its top spec. That would give it a dual-motor setup, with 496 horsepower (350 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. That would make it a bit less powerful than cars like the BMW iX M50 but the Q6 e-tron will also likely be smaller and lighter.
Next year should be interesting for Audi. Not only should we see the Audi Q6 e-tron but the A6 e-tron could debut as well, giving the brand two brand-new EVs that will not only be affordable to many Audi customers but be offered in segments that sell well.