New Audi Q6 e-tron Deletes Center Console Buttons For Next-Gen Audi MMI Infotainment

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This doesn't sound good.

It may be delayed alongside the upcoming Porsche Macan EV, but Audi is still hard at work developing its high-end electric crossover, the Q6 e-tron.

Our spy photographers have spotted the upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron several times, including the sloped-back version and the faster RS Q6 e-tron model. On all of these occasions, we've only been able to see the Q6's exterior, but now CarBuzz can show you a glimpse of the interior.

From what we can see in the pictures, the Q6 looks different inside than any current Audi model. The steering wheel is similar to the Q4 e-tron, with silver accents on the bottom spokes and touch-capacitive buttons. Paddle shifters are also mounted on the back, likely to control regenerative braking. Above the wheel sits a new Virtual Cockpit display with a revised layout and no hood above it, likely because the screen is OLED and doesn't need to be protected from glare.

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Moving towards the right, the Q6 appears to have an entirely new Audi Touch MMI infotainment system with a large, centrally-mounted screen. This screen looks clear and readable but smaller than what we've seen in other luxury EVs. Unfortunately, it looks like Audi will follow in Volkswagen's tracks by deleting physical climate controls and instead integrating them into the touchscreen.

On a positive note, it looks like the air vents can still be manually adjusted, and the Q6 e-tron will have a volume knob with built-in forward/reverse controls.

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The center console also contains the stop/start button, familiar Audi gear selector, drive mode button, and traction control button. We also spotted what appear to be touch buttons on the door, though the image is too small to read the icons properly.

We expect the Q6 e-tron to arrive with dual electric motors producing 469 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, while the RS version should develop over 600 hp.

Audi initially planned to launch it in 2023, but delays may push it back. We will continue to watch for any more test mules that reveal any new information.

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