Spied: Audi Q6 e-tron Ready To Battle The BMW iX

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Audi's new electric SUV has been caught tackling the snow.

Last month, the Audi Q5 e-tron debuted at the Auto Guangzhou in China. Essentially Audi's version of the three-row Volkswagen ID.6, the Q5 e-tron will only be sold in China. The upcoming Q6 e-tron, on the other hand, will be a global model and slot above the Q4 e-tron.

As development of the electric mid-size SUV continues, our spies have spotted a prototype Q6 e-tron being put through its paces in Sweden trekking through snow. Whereas the Q4 e-tron is based on Volkswagen Group's MEB platform, the Q6 e-tron will be the first Audi underpinned by the Premium Platform Electric architecture co-developed with Porsche, meaning it will share the same platform as the new electric Porsche Macan.

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Looking like a larger version of the Q4 e-tron with a sloping roofline, a subtle roof spoiler, and a longer wheelbase, the prototype is wrapped up warm in full camouflage. Like the prototype we spied a couple of months ago, the Q6 e-tron prototype has a production body and headlights but the taillights are still provisional. A central LED light bar is also fitted to the front providing extra visibility for winter testing.

We don't get a look inside, but the longer wheelbase will provide extra rear legroom for passengers. The Q6 e-tron looks around the same size as the current Q5, but the interior space will be comparable to the larger Q7 thanks to the positioning of the battery.

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Powertrain details are being kept under wraps, but we know the PPE platform supports single and dual motor configurations, 350-kW fast charging, and a range of over 300 miles. With two electric motors, the Audi A6 e-tron concept produced a combined 469 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque and offered a range of over 434 miles, so we expect the final Q6 e-tronproduction model will have similar specifications. A more powerful RS variant is also expected to launch with around 600 horsepower and 613 lb-ft on tap.

The Audi Q6 e-tron is expected to arrive in 2022 and will be followed by a Sportback version in 2023. When it goes on sale, the Audi Q6 e-tron will take on the likes of the Mercedes EQE, BMW iX and Tesla Model X. It will be one of 20 all-electric models in Audi's model lineup by 2025

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