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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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.