Audi CEO Markus Duesmann revealed at the company’s Annual Press Conference 2021 this week that future models will include an Audi Q6 e-tron. Duesmann then disclosed its production location and SOP timeline. He said:
Our Ingolstadt site is in the midst of preparing for the production of all-electric models. Remodeling includes, for instance, a conversion of the old A3 body-in-white into the PPE body-in-white facility. The first all-electric model to roll off the assembly lines from 2022 is the (Audi) Q6 e-tron.Markus Duesmann, CEO, Audi
Rewinding to February 2019, Porsche announced that the Macan, its best-selling model worldwide, would go all-electric when it moves to its next generation. A cheaper Audi alternative with its own top hat and same underpinnings would be the Audi Q6 e-tron.
The next-gen Porsche Macan and the first-ever Audi Q6 e-tron will ride on a new dedicated BEV platform called Premium Platform Electric (PPE) or ‘PPE-Architektur’ in German. Co-developed by Porsche and Audi, the PPE likely underpins the rumored 2023 Audi TT SUV as well.
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Spy pictures revealed on March 1 that testing of the Audi Q6 e-tron on public roads has begun. The Audi Q6 features a modern SUV design with an elegantly dominating front fascia, raked A-pillars, a swiftly sloping roofline, and a hunched rear section. Like the Audi e-tron GT, a faux Singleframe would conceal many of the sensors for driver assistance systems at the front. Other highlights should include wedge-shaped slim Matrix LED headlights, classic SUV-syle straight beltline, and LED rear lights connected by a narrow light strip.
Audi says that the PPE platform is similar to the MEB but compared to it, PPE allows greater performance parameters with higher output. A rear-mounted electric motor is standard, while high-end configurations can get a second electric motor (PSM or ASM) at the front axle for eAWD. Unlike the MEB, the PPE has a system voltage of 800 volts and can allow the vehicle to charge at a peak power of 350 kW.
PPE platform underpinning the Audi Q6 e-tron means availability in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations, with the latter featuring an additional motor mounted at the front. A peak charging power of 250-350 kW should allow fast-charging to 80% in just around just 20 minutes. Audi could be targeting a range of 400-450 km (249-280 miles) in WLTP.
Audi has also said that the low-floor PPE platform-based models will offer a greater interior length even with slightly shorter exterior dimensions and overhangs in comparison to MLB platform-based models. The company has confirmed that it is possible to package PPE models with a plethora of high-end features, including torque vectoring, all-wheel steering and air suspension.
The Audi Q6 e-tron could go into first markets during the second half of 2022, with the. U.S. launch taking place shortly after. The Porsche Macan Electric will enter series production at the Porsche Leipzig plant in Germany in early 2022.
Audi Q6 e-tron FAQs
What will be the Audi Q6 e-tron release date?
Late 2022 should be the Audi Q6 e-tron release date.
Which models will the Audi Q6 e-tron compete with?
The Audi Q6 e-tron will compete with the Porsche Macan Electric and the Mercedes EQE SUV.
What will be the Audi Q6 e-tron price?
The Audi Q6 e-tron’s prices could start between $70,000-80,000 in the USA.
Featured image is the Q4 e-tron shot last year by reader Marc Tejero.