We’ve seen spy photos of the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron before but the test mules in those photos were all heavily camouflaged, thus hiding their true designs. In some new spy photos, someone caught the Q6 e-tron with its face entirely exposed. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
In this new photo, we can see an un-camouflaged Audi Q6 e-tron covered by a sheet. However, the sheet is pulled back a bit, exposing the front end of the car in all its glory.
The most noticeable bit of its design is its massive silver Singleframe “grille”. It really isn’t a grille anymore, as EVs don’t need much air cooling, it’s more of a grille panel, designed to keep the brand’s visual identity alive. The bright silver look is interesting and exactly the opposite of most conventional car grilles, which are usually black. It works well against the black paint, though.
Flanking the grille panel seem to be air vents but, upon closer inspection, they look fake as well. Again, an EV doesn’t need all that airflow up front. Audi just adds these fake vents to keep a similar aesthetic to the gas-powered cars customers are used to. Though, it ends up just looking cheap.
Headlights look good, though. They’re slim, sharp, and aggressive looking, adding a sporty flare to the car’s face. Interestingly, it also seems to have split headlights, with another set of lights just below the headlights. Audi’s never done that before so it will be interesting to see how that looks in the real world.
The Audi Q6 e-tron will be based on the same PPE architecture as the Audi A6 e-tron, which means it gets the same 800-volt technology, the same 270 kW charge speed, and even an identical powertrains. We’re not sure what sort of powertrain options will be available, exactly, though we do know that the A6 e-tron is said to offer a dual-motor setup that makes 496 horsepower (350 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque. According to Audi, it can reach 0-62 mph in under four seconds.