2019 Audi Q6 New Release

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What It Is: The Q6 is a four-door CUV closely related to the next-generation Q5. It will come to market with alternative powertrains only, including a fully battery-electric version. A plug-in hybrid will follow, and there is the possibility of a hydrogen-fueled model, as well. Although it has four doors, the Q6 will have a coupelike roofline and an extremely low coefficient of drag. Inside, it will feature the next generation of Audi’s screen-based “virtual cockpit” instrumentation previewed by recent concept cars such as the Audi Prologue.

Why It Matters: The Q6 is Audi’s attempt to take on Tesla—and to fortify its claim of “Vorsprung durch Technik” (“Progress through Technology”). It will move Audi’s “e-tron” styling language, aimed at distinguishing vehicles with alternative powertrains, one step further ahead. Described by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg as a “Sports Activity Vehicle,” it aims to offer a Tesla-like driving experience. Considering the uncertain prospects and volatile regulatory framework for electrics, the Q6 is a gamble for Audi. If it works, it will give Audi a head-start over offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Moreover, it likely won’t come to market much later than the oft-delayed Tesla Model X.

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Platform: Based on Audi’s second-generation modular-longitudinal (MLB) architecture, the Q6 will be able to accommodate multiple powertrain options and the latest driver-assistance systems. The Q6 will offer extensive autonomous-driving features, matching or exceeding those of the next-generation Audi A8. The Q6 also will be fitted with an air suspension, and its body will make extensive use of aluminum.

Powertrain: The fully electric version of the Q6 will use components from the upcoming R8 e-tron. With all-wheel drive, around 500 horsepower, and more than 500 lb-ft of torque, it will be one of the quickest SUVs on the market. Audi will offer an inductive-charging option that does away with the need to plug the car into an electric outlet, but it will not offer battery swapping, a technology that Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has repeatedly ruled out. Range is expected to exceed 310 miles.

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Beyond the EV version, Audi is likely to add a plug-in-hybrid model, and the company could offer a fuel-cell electric, as well. The aforementioned plug-in-hybrid and fuel-cell versions are the most likely expansions to the powertrain portfolio, but there is no decision yet on a conventionally powered Q6. While technically possible, such a model is unlikely as it would dilute the Q6’s market position.

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Competition: BMW X5 40e, Mercedes-Benz GLE500e, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Tesla Model X.

Estimated Arrival and Price: The Audi Q6 is scheduled for launch in early 2018 as an EV. The plug-in hybrid may be launched at the same time, or it may follow later along with other powertrain options. Prices are not yet finalized, but we expect it to significantly exceed the price point of the Q5.

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