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2018 Audi Q6 E-tron

2018 Audi Q6 E-tron

Audi has been hard at work fleshing out its crossover lineup, and who can blame it, considering how hot that segment is right now. We already know that the 2016 Audi Q1 is on the way, the 2016 Q7 has just received a full makeover, and a sub-Q1 Junior crossover is rumored to be on the way. Now, according to an image that Audi released and a report from Autocar, Audi is set to launch a Tesla Model X-fighting Q6 e-tron in the coming years.

This report comes from a press conference held by Audi’s research and development boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, who outlined the basic details surrounding the upcoming electric crossover. Unfortunately, Hackenberg didn’t dive too deep into the new model, but he did give us enough information to do a little speculating with.

So do I think that the Q6 e-tron will be able to hang with the now-delayed Model X?

Updated 10/14/2015: A new report indicates that the Q6 e-tron electric SUV will be built at the company’s Brussels plant starting in 2018. Its design will be based on the e-tron quattro concept we’ve seen earlier this year. Built as a competitor for the Tesla Model X, Audi hopes to squeeze a total range of 500 kilometers (310 miles) out of it.

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Audi's Q6 Electric SUV Will Be "Sporty And Sexy"

Audi’s Q6 Electric SUV Will Be "Sporty And Sexy"

Things are about to get very interesting at the top of Audi’s SUV range. In addition to the all-electric, Tesla Model X-rivaling Q6 E-tron SUV, Audi plans a range topping, ultra-luxury SUV, expected to be called the Q8. It will be positioned as a Range Rover rival.

Speaking with Auto Express at the Shanghai Motor Show, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler elaborated on plans for both SUVs. Stadler described the Q6 as “sexy,” “sporty” and “packed with technology,” all which are backed up by a rendering of the Q6 Audi released last month. The rendering shows a sleek, high-riding crossover with a coupe-like profile. Stadler also alluded to an expansion of the electric car infrastructure, which would be in place by the time the Q6 is introduced in 2018.

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Audi Hints at new Premium Compact SUVs. Trademarks SQ2, Q9

Usually, future product offensive and market strategy is a close a guarded secret in any organization. However, there are ways to dig out information that could give us some idea as what goes on behind closed doors. Autocar recently got access to trademark applications filed by Audi which clearly reveal some of the models that could enter production in the near future.

The documents show a few SUVs that Audi plans to introduce into the market. Starting with the much talked about Q2, Audi wants to launch a high performance version based on the Q2, dubbed "SQ2". The company has already committed to a Range Rover Evoque rivaling Q4 and SQ4 on the aforementioned lines.

In recent times, the market has seen increased demand for luxury SUVs. Audi sees this as an opportunity to spread its wings. The company has trademarked the name "Q9" for a future large SUV. They also have plans to offer fuel-cell technology in their road cars. Hence the name "f-tron" pops up onto the trademarks list.

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Audi goes on a trademarking frenzy: Q6, Q8, R6, S2, S9, RS1, and RS8

Audi goes on a trademarking frenzy: Q6, Q8, R6, S2, S9, RS1, and RS8

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.

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Spy Shots: Audi Q6 caught during cold weather testing

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.

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Top Speed Rendering: 2015 Audi Q6

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.

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Walter de’ Silva confirms Audi Q4 and Q6

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.

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2015 Audi Q6

2015 Audi Q6

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.

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Audi Q6 targets the new BMW X6

Audi Q6 targets the new BMW X6

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.

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