This should be good.
Earlier this year, we reported that the upcoming electric Q6 e-tron from Audi would likely be based on an electric version of the Porsche Macan. Then, earlier this month, we gave you a sneak preview of the new crossover's design. According to reports coming out of Germany this week, it seems that those earlier rumors about the Q6 sharing tech with the electric Macan are absolutely true. In the company's annual general meeting, Audi boss Markus Duesmann confirmed that the new crossover is a little over a year away from launch and will be positioned as the electric alternative to the Q5.
However, Audi's electric crossover will not simply be a rebadged Macan. Audi likes doing things its own way, as evidenced by the e-tron GT that is surprisingly dissimilar to the Porsche Taycan. That said, the new Q6 e-tron will ride on the Premium Platform Electric architecture that both brands worked on together. As such, both Porsche and Audi's electric crossovers will feature 800-volt tech that is expected to provide significantly reduced charging times. As for looks, the best we can give you is our render as seen above, as Duesmann has not revealed anything further. But knowing how past e-tron models are styled, we're sure that it won't be anything extreme.
As for Porsche's new Macan that will include an EV version, the next-generation model is expected next year with American showrooms likely to sell it as a 2023 model. It'll have more competition than ever before, and not just from within its own conglomerate, as Maserati is set to release its own rival soon. But knowing how well Porsche and Audi craft their vehicles, it's not hard to imagine that either of the two brands will become the benchmark in the segment. Now if Audi could just reveal a few teasers, we could really get hyped about the future of electric mobility.