Audi Concept Shanghai previews regional SUV, not the Q6 e-tron

A new Audi electric SUV debuted as the Audi concept Shanghai at Auto Shanghai 2021 on April 19. On April 22, design patent images were published by EUIPO, giving a clear look at its exterior from all angles just three days after its premiere. The patents confirm that the Audi Concept Shanghai is not a preview of the Audi Q6 e-tron.

The Audi concept Shanghai is camouflaged in wrapping foil. That’s an indication of a design very close to that of the final product, which we will get to see in the second half of the year. The concept measures 4.87 meters or 191.7 inches in length, signaling that the production version would sit between the Q4 and Q7 in China if the cost structure is optimal. The car comes in 6- and 7-seat layouts.

Both the dimensions and the positioning indicate that the production Audi concept Shanghai would belong to the same segment as the Audi e-tron, which, in China, is manufactured by FAW-Audi since September 2020. While the Audi e-tron is based on an extensively modified MLB-Evo platform, the new model would sit on the MEB dedicated EV platform of the VW ID.6.

Source: Youtube/Audi; Audi Concept Shanghai presentation at 4:37

While we know the silhouette flow from spy pictures, the concept model reveals other design details. The upcoming electric SUV will likely feature a masked Singleframe, flat headlights and tail lights in a slim package, triangular front air inlets, regular side mirrors, and 22-inch wheels for a premium look. Like in the concept car, the headlights should have a vertical extension to form an L-shape, and they should offer a digital and individually selectable light signature. Similarly, a thin light stripe will likely connect the taillights.

Borrowing gear from the ID.6, the new Audi electric SUV may come with 58 kWh (net) and 77 kWh (net) battery packs, which offer a range of around 425 km and 600 km, respectively, as per China’s NEDC. Powertrain options should include a two-motor quattro configuration with more than 300 horsepower.

Also making its market premiere is the Audi Concept Shanghai, the first Audi premium electric SUV using the new Audi e-tron family design language with HD Matrix LED headlights and AR HUD. Believe it can write a new chapter for In China, For China, and lead the new premium mobility era in China.

Wang Xiaoqui, President of SAIC Motor, at the Auto Shanghai 2020

The production version of the Audi concept Shanghai will debut in the second half of the year. Similar to the ID.6, it would be a China-only model where electric vehicle adoption is growing exponentially, and there is high demand for premium electric vehicles. It is interesting to note that Audi has neither confirmed nor denied the production model of the new electric SUV.

Featured image: EUIPO