This is the German brand's largest SUV yet.
If you're in the market for an Audi SUV, the brand has any number of body styles to suit your budget and your needs. Those with plenty of children would be best off with the largest one, the Audi Q7, a practical and very sensible luxury SUV. At 199.3 inches long, there's plenty of space for passengers and all their possessions.
Yet, the brand's Chinese subsidiary has launched an even bigger SUV. Despite the larger dimensions, the newcomer slots in beneath the aforementioned Q7, as the Q6. This likely has nothing to do with size and rather its positioning in the range. Naturally, this will remain a China-only model, which is nothing new.
According to CarNewsChina.com, the Q6 is based upon the same platform that underpins the Volkswagen Atlas and measures 200.7 inches from front to back. It also has the same 117.3-inch wheelbase as its downmarket VW sibling. This is slightly shorter than the Q7's wheelbase.
While Audi's design DNA is clear to see, the result isn't as appealing as the brand's other SUVs. Attractive headlights and an imposing grille do their best to lend the SUV some presence, but the supplementary lights sited beneath the main items make the facia appear busy. The side profile is attractive, with a clean and uncluttered design lifted by silver flourishes on the doors and the D-pillar. Round back, an attractive light bar brightens up the rear end and lends some of the Q8's style to the package.
Inside, it's slightly less premium than most American Audi models. Nevertheless, it retains the brand's dual touchscreen setup and has a few lovely touches, such as open-pore wood trim. The Q6 should prove practical, at least. The seven-seater boasts a 2-3-2 layout, but a six-seater with a 2-2-2 layout will also be offered.
Motivation comes from the VW Group's EA888 2.0-liter turbo engine. Base models will receive 231 horsepower, but a higher output model with 265 hp and all-wheel-drive will also be made available. In the States, the Atlas is available with a smoother, more powerful 3.6-liter VR6 with 276 hp, but there's no word as to whether this engine will reach the Q6.
We first gleaned insight into a bigger Audi SUV back in 2021 and originally thought it would be an X7/GLS fighter named the Q9. Still, the Q6 name has already been slated for American use in the upcoming Q6 e-tron. The all-electric SUV will be a global model and, while it may boast the same interior space as the Q7, will compare with a Q5 on size.