Hot on the heels of the Tesla Model X, Audi has now confirmed that its all-electric SUV, the Q6 e-tron, will be put into production by 2018.
Audi has also stated that the new Q6 e-tron will be capable of a 310-mile range, which will be more than sufficient for any potential buyers. And it’s also 60 miles more than Tesla’s Model X. Deliberate or not?
A production ready car will be previewed in early 2018, based heavily on the concept Audi presented at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car was definitely a head turner, but considering the Model X has those falcon doors, it may be a tough battle between the two cars over appearance.
Audi is claiming the Q6 will also offer a class-beating drag coefficient of 0.25cd. Nope, me neither, but this basically means the Q6 will be very aerodynamic which is sure to help the performance and range.
Although the Q6 name has not been confirmed, Audi is keen to follow tradition with its off roaders called ‘Q’ while the size of the concept allows it to fit perfectly between the smaller Q5 and the larger Q7.
No word yet on what powertrain would drive the Q6 e-tron but expect either an updated version of the electric system used in the new Q7 e-tron or a completely new unit. Either way I doubt it will be able to compete with the Tesla’s frankly ridiculous 762bhp and 713Ib of torque. But the Audi should be considerably cheaper than the £90,000 Tesla is asking.
Audi is also relying on the German government for its electric charging point network to create fast charging points. “By the time we launch the e-tron, we will have a fast charge network in Germany. An 80% will take 30 minutes. The success of a model like this will depend on the infrastructure,” Dr Chmielewski, head of Total Vehicle Development says. This is something that our government and others should be investing heavily in before it is too late.
So here are your choices of electric SUV… for now. With both the SUV market and the EV market booming it won’t be long before the floodgates open and electric/hybrid versions of all SUVs will be available.