German magazine Auto Bild is reporting Audi has plans to stage the world premiere of the h-tron quattro concept next month in Detroit.
This new concept will allegedly look just about the same as the e-tron quattro pictured above, but instead of an all-electric setup it will utilize a newly developed fuel cell powertrain. Chances are the vehicle will come with a different paint scheme and some subtle styling revisions to set it apart from the EV version.
It could mean Audi has plans to sell the Q6 not only as an electric vehicle, but also with a fuel-cell powertrain. The EV variant is slated to go on sale sometime in 2018, so the FCV derivative could join the range before the end of the decade.
Audi has been working on hydrogen technology for quite some time and chances are they are increasing efforts in this area to try and move away from diesels in the distant future. It remains to be seen whether the h-tron quattro concept will actually spawn a production version, but we are inclined to believe it will happen since Audi has already expressed its mentions to focus more on alternatively-powered models.
If the concept will debut at NAIAS in January, expect to see images online in the coming weeks.
Note: Audi e-tron quattro concept pictured.