The Audi Q6 is a proposed SUV from the German automaker to compete with the BMW X6 sport activity vehicle. Based upon the Audi A6 luxury sedan, the Q6 features fastback roof line and bolder bodylines then the rest of Audi's SUV lineup. Slated in between the Q5 and Q7, the Q6 will be a sporty, elegant and powerful SAV for the German automaker.
Audi is dead set on hitting their goal of 1.5 million annual sales and expanding in markets like China, Germany, and the United States by 2015. In order to achieve this, its lineup needs to stay fresh, so Audi has gone trademark crazy with Q6, Q8, R6, S2, S9, RS1, and RS8 names getting snagged.
As you can see, some of these name are rather familiar, like the Q6 , RS1 , and RS8. The other four names are completely new; we’ve never even heard rumors about them. Speculatively speaking, the S2 will be a sportier version of the upcoming A2 , and the S9 name gives us hope for an A9 in the near future. As for the R6, it is believed to be the company’s new sports car that will be placed under the current R8 . This vehicle was previously rumored to be called either the R4 or R5 . Only time will tell if any one of these names will stick.
As for the Q8, it will be an SUV placed above the current Q7. It is set to become the largest and most luxurious SUV Audi has ever offered.
After BMW dropped the X6 onto the market, plenty of other automakers announced plans to bring out competitors suited to take it on and Audi is one of them. Their new Q6 has already been confirmed by Walter de’ Silva, Design Boss at Audi’s parent Volkswagen Group. He confirmed that the company is already working on the new model and now there is a new set of spy shots to prove it. A mule of the upcoming Q6 has been spotted during cold weather testing in Northern Scandinavia.
The Audi Q6 will be based on the Q5 platform, but it will be both longer and wider - making for a more powerful presence. The new Q6 will be placed between the current Q5 and the Q7 and will be offered with a variation of gas and diesel engines, plus a hybrid option as seen in the Cayenne. Audi will also be offering an RS version powered by a turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine.
The Audi Q6’s official debut is expected to be made sometime in 2014.
When BMW unveiled their X6 back in 2008, it immediately made jaws start to flap about what Audi’s response to the luxury SUV would be. Everyone got their answer when, in 2011, Walter de’ Silva, Design Boss at Audi ’s parent Volkswagen Group, confirmed that the company had already started to work on the Q6 and that it would be out on the streets by 2015. This rendering is our interpretation of the future X6 competitor.
The Audi Q6 will be built on the platform used for the next generation Q7 and Porsche Cayenne , and will offer the same crossover-coupe aspect of its competitor. Under the hood, Audi will place a variation of gas and diesel engines, as well as a hybrid option (following the hybrid option of the Cayenne). The top version, rumored to be called the Q6 RS, will be powered by the company’s latest turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine.
Up until now, we’ve only heard rumors about possible Audi Q6 and Q4 SUVs, but now its official. Walter de’ Silva, Design Boss at Audi’s parent Volkswagen Group, has confirmed that the company has started to work on a BMW X6 competitor, while plans for a smaller SUV are still under consideration.
The X6 competitor is known as the Q6 and will be placed between Audi’s Q7 premium large SUV and the Q5 premium medium SUV: "We will definitely launch a sportier crossover in between the Q7 and Q5 ." The new model will be built on the Q7 platform and is expected to arrive sometime in 2015.
As for the other SUV, known as the Q4, it will be placed between the Q5 and Q3 and will be a competitor for the X4 , a model that BMW will be launching in 2014.
Both models will be offered in an attempt to boost Audi’s sales, especially on the European market where BMW is the leader in the SUV market.
There’s been talk about an Audi Q6 as far back as 2006 when it was reported that the company had registered the name in Europe. Nothing much was said until two years later when it was reported that its underpinnings would be shared with the Porsche Cayenne to get it ready to do battle with the BMW X6. The Q6 went back into news hibernation for a few more years and now we’ve come across more information to prep us for the coupe-like SUV’s entrance into the market around 2014.
As far as we can tell, the Audi Q6 will be slotted between the Q5 and the Q7 , and will share its underpinnings with the Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. It will be offered with a variation of gas and diesel engines, plus a hybrid option as seen in the Cayenne . The top of the line model is rumored to be called the Q6 RS and may share the turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine as seen on the new generation RS6 is based off the Audi Q5
UPDATE 08/17/2011: A test mule for the future Audi Q6 has been captured, proving that the rumors circulating about its production are indeed true. This particular mule is based on the Audi Q5 , but is slightly longer and wider for a more sporty appearance. Audi plans to slide in the Q6 between the Q5 and Q7, but with a sportier body, just like the BMW X6 .
UPDATE 12/09/2011: Up until now, we’ve only heard rumors about possible Audi Q6 and Q4 SUVs, but now its official. Walter de’ Silva, Design Boss at Audi’s parent Volkswagen Group, has confirmed that the company has started to work on a BMW X6 competitor, while plans for a smaller SUV are still under consideration.
The X6 competitor is known as the Q6 and will be placed between Audi’s Q7 premium large SUV and the Q5 premium medium SUV: "We will definitely launch a sportier crossover in between the Q7 and Q5." The new model will be built on the Q7 platform and is expected to arrive sometime in 2015.
That’s all we have at this point, but we’ll pass along more details on the future Q6 as soon as we get them.
UPDATE 03/20/2012: The upcoming Audi Q6 has been caught testing one more time during cold weather testing in Northern Scandinavia.
With the new BMW X6 launched, it was normal to start thinking about an Audi competitor for it. According to Infomotori, it will be called Q6 (or at least this is what the magazine suppose) and will borrow the design cues from the newly-launched Audi A5.
The Q6 will be placed between the future Q5 and the current Q7 and will be a sporty, elegant and powerful SUV.