In February 2019, Porsche announced that the Porsche Macan, its best-selling model worldwide, will go all-electric when it moves to its next generation. A cheaper Audi alternative with its own top hat and same underpinnings will follow, says a new report from auto-motor-und-sport.de.
The next-gen Porsche Macan will ride on a new dedicated BEV platform called Premium Platform Electric (PPE) or ‘PPE-Architektur’ in German. Originally, the plan was to introduce the first PPE platform Porsche model, which was later confirmed to be the next-gen Macan, at the end of 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic may postpone the world premiere to 2022, though.
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The Audi model sharing the Porsche Macan’s PPE platform could be launched as Audi Q6 e-tron, as per the report. With the Audi e-tron (Audi Q5’s BEV alternative) and the Audi e-tron Sportback (Audi e-tron’s coupe version) already in the market and still fresh, we don’t know the positioning Audi has in mind, though.
The Audi e-tron is just a conversion of the Audi Q5 and not a dedicated BEV, and thus, even the Audi e-tron Sportback isn’t a dedicated BEV. These models ride on a modified MLB-Evo platform, and so, compared to similar-sized PPE platform-based models, they would appear lower class. It is said that not one but two Audi PPE platform models are planned, one of which could be the Porsche Macan Electric alternative.
Porsche and Audi are jointly developing the PPE, and the four-ringed brand says that it is similar to its MEB platform. Compared to the MEB, the PPE allows greater performance parameters with higher output. A rear-mounted electric motor is standard, while higher-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.
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 on in first markets in 2023, 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.
What will be the Audi Q6 e-tron release date?
2023 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 likely compete with the Porsche Macan Electric.
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.