Hang on, what about the Q7 and Q8?
America is the land of excess: the Whopper, Walmart Super Center, and the Big Gulp. But strangely, the United States will not be the home of Audi's largest SUV, a new model called the Q6 that's built specifically for the Chinese market. This is not to be confused with the upcoming 2023 Audi Q6 e-tron, a completely separate all-electric model that will be offered in the US. In fact, this Chinese market Q6 is based on the MQB platform, making it more closely related to the 2022 Volkswagen Atlas.
The base engine is a familiar one, VW's tried and true 2.0-liter turbocharged EA888 four-cylinder producing 261 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Optionally, there's a 2.5-liter turbocharged VR6 that develops 295 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, enabling a 7.3-second 0-62 mph time. All Q6 variants come with an automatic transmission and adaptive suspension.
The Q6 is Audi's largest SUV globally, even bigger than the Q7 and Q8. It stretches 200.75 inches long (compared to 199.3 inches for the Q7), 79.29 inches wide, and 70.23 inches tall with a 117.32-inch wheelbase (a bit shorter than a Q7). Those large dimensions provide the Q6 up to 84.36 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third-row seats folded.
Inside, the Q6 features the luxury amenities you'd expect from an Audi. There's a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen in the dash with a lower 8.6-inch screen to control the climate settings. Drivers also get 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display, just like US-spec Audi models. Six-seat and seven-seat configurations are available, each with premium diamond quilting.
Audi will sell the Q6 in eight colors that are clearly named with China in mind. These include Crouching Tiger White, Awakening Lion Grey, Flying Dragon Blue, Fulu Brown, Xuanniu Black, Snow Python Silver, Pegasus Blue, and a new matte brown called Kirin. Three wheel options are available ranging from 19 to 21 inches. Pricing starts at ¥500,000 (around $74,000 at the current exchange rates) with the Q6 50 TFSI Edition One topping out at around $96,000. Audi has no plans to bring this version of the Q6 to the US market.