Should the Audi Q6 receive gasoline and diesel versions?

We all know an Audi Q6 is on its way, but should it be offered with combustion engines? It would make sense to have both gasoline and diesel engines for what Audi describes as being a “sexy and sporty” crossover, but upon launch it will only have a fully electric powertrain. There are certainly more than just a few engines which can be fitted in the Q6 and chances are sooner or later Audi will want to further broaden the appeal of the model since people are still getting used to the idea of having an electric vehicle and many are worried about the range anxiety issue.

One more reason to believe the Q6 will eventually have conventional engines is pricing as a gasoline or a diesel-powered model will be significantly more affordable than a fully electric car. In addition, the infrastructure for EVs is still not ready in most countries so people will likely want to buy a car which they can simply refuel at a regular gas station rather than having to invest more money in those fancy fast charging systems which sooner or later kill the battery.

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The pure electric Q6 is scheduled to come out sometime in 2018 and later during the car’s life cycle it will spawn plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell derivatives. Details about the standard Q6 are scarce at the moment, but we do know it will ride on the latest iteration of the MLB platform and will an advanced lithium-ion battery pack capable of providing a maximum range of more than 500 km (310 miles).

While the attached official teaser image doesn’t show a lot, Audi promises the Q6 will get a distinctive and very aerodynamic design which will make the car stand out among the other Q-badged models. It is believed a concept previewing the production car will be shown this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so it will be interesting to see what Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte plans for the newcomer in the Q portfolio.

Adrian Padeanu

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