Audi is expanding its variety of absolutely electrical styles to four in 2022, with the new Q6 e-tron signing up for the smaller Q4 e-tron, the existing e-tron and the e-tron GT.
Established to sit involving the Q4 and the more substantial e-tron SUV when it comes future yr, the Q6 e-tron will also be the very first Audi based mostly on the Volkswagen Group’s new High quality System Electrical (PPE) architecture, which has been jointly designed with Porsche.
Recently spyshots exhibit the design will adapt the seem of the smaller Q4 e-tron, as effectively as bearing some cues from the 2016 Q6 e-tron quattro idea. Impact from the e-tron GT four-doorway coupe is also obvious, with equally formed headlamps and “radiator” grille, and a common total-width LED gentle-bar across the car’s tailgate.
In profile it functions a extended bonnet than the Q4 e-tron, but shares a identical shoulderline, sloping roofline and tailgate spoiler. It’s predicted the Q6 will be equivalent in exterior proportions to the combustion-engined Q5, but with a extended wheelbase and greater passenger space enabled by the new system. We could also see a far more sportily styled Sportback design join the variety quickly just after, if the brand’s other electrical SUVs are something to go by.
Inside of, the car is very likely to undertake the new 11.six-inch central touchscreen applied in the Q4 e-tron, which is the premier solitary exhibit ever fitted to a creation Audi. Having said that, the layout could be distinctive due to the system, and also to independent each styles in conditions of value and positioning.
The PPE architecture found beneath the Q6 e-tron will be shared with the future-technology Porsche Macan, which is due to be released in 2023 as a total EV sitting down together with the existing, petrol-run Macan. Despite each the Q6 and new Macan sharing identical components and program, they will be visually independent each inside and out.
The PPE system is an evolution of the J1 system found below the e-tron GT four-doorway, as effectively as the Porsche Taycan. That signifies it’ll have an 800-volt electrical architecture, enabling super-rapidly DC charging at a charge of up to 270kW.
Audi also says the system will permit the EV’s battery pack to cost from five to eighty for each cent capability in all-around twenty five minutes. A shorter cost utilizing the fastest probable DC quick charger can also add 186 miles of variety in just ten minutes.
It continues to be to be observed what measurement and style of battery pack Audi will use in the Q6 e-tron, but the organization says the PPE system is capable of covering far more than 700km (all-around 430 miles) when powering the far more aerodynamic A6 e-tron idea. The slightly blunter surfacing on the SUV will dent the variety, but a determine of far more than 380 miles should be achievable.
Offered the partnership to the e-tron GT below the Q6’s bodywork, we should also see that car’s 469bhp (or 523bhp with overboost engaged) four-wheel travel powertrain transfer above. Far more economical, lower-run solitary-motor variants are also very likely, though at the other end of the variety Audi’s RS division could line-up a far more performance-centered design. That’ll possibly use the exact same 636bhp powertrain as the RS e-tron GT.
The Q6 e-tron will go into creation at Audi’s Ingolstadt manufacturing unit future yr, which the model is changing to an all-electrical assembly line, eliminating the existing gear that produces the brand’s A3 family hatch and changing it with creation facilities to accommodate the PPE system.
This also incorporates the development of an in-dwelling battery assembly facility “in the direct vicinity of car assembly,” in accordance to Duessman. The Volkswagen Group (Audi’s mum or dad enterprise) has by now signed a trio of partnerships to safe the raw elements and development procedures essential for its future-technology battery packs up to 2030.
Adhering to the Q6 e-tron, Audi confirmed that its very first “Project Artemis” design will start in 2024. The car will be aimed at the luxurious sector, spearheading Audi’s development of foreseeable future electronic auto architecture, technology and functioning methods.
Audi also showed the Grand Sphere idea at the 2021 Munich Motor Display. That car properly previewed the layout and technology of the future technology of A8 luxurious saloon.
Examine out our in-depth critique of the all-electrical Audi e-tron SUV in this article…