Tesla isn't its only target.
A few days ago we became aware of the existence of yet another all-electric Audi, the Q6 e-tron. Our spy photographers snapped images of what's clearly an advanced prototype undergoing testing. A 2022 debut is expected in time for the 2023 model year. It's important not to mistake the Q6 e-tron with the also upcoming Q4 e-tron, the latter being a more luxurious version of the Volkswagen ID.4. The Q6 e-tron will instead ride on the new scalable Premium Electric platform Audi and Porsche are developing together. Think of the Q6 e-tron as the closest thing to a battery-electric Q5. An all-electric Porsche Macan is also expected to utilize this platform, but it appears Audi is the one going with the name change.
Today, we've created this rendering of what the production version could look like.
Sources claim the Q6 e-tron will have similar exterior dimensions to the Q5 while offering about the same amount of interior space as the larger Q7. Our rendering reflects that, along with other key insider details such more conventionally-styled taillights instead of the reportedly fake units found on the test mule. In general, overall performance, power, and range should be fairly similar to that of the Macan EV, meaning a 350 kWh fast charging capability and up to 300 miles on a single charge.
To compare, the current e-tron and e-tron Sportback have an EPA-rated 204 miles of range. A dual-motor setup producing up to 700 horsepower and 750 lb-ft of torque is likely.
However, that's the expected output for the Macan Electric Turbo and it's uncertain whether Porsche will allow its corporate cousin brand's version to have the same figures. More than likely Audi will get its way and the result will be the RS Q6 e-tron. Sometime after the Q6 e-tron SUV arrives, a coupe-style Sportback variant is expected and, like usual, will sacrifice interior and cargo space for style.
Aside from the Macan EV, the Q6 e-tron's other rivals are a bit hard to pinpoint. Larger than the Tesla Model Y, the Model X may seem like the intended target, but Audi might instead be aiming to keep current Q5 drivers who want to go all-electric.