Audi has released the first official rendering depicting the Q6 all-electric SUV.
Showed at the company’s annual press conference, the computer drawing previews a future BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe rival that will be powered by an all-electric powerplant. The machine will likely use a similar system to the R8 e-tron, but will reportedly have a range of 293 km (185 miles) on a single charge. The new vehicle will be based on the same MLB platform that underpins the Q7 and will feature a 100 kWh battery pack.
In terms of design, the new SUV will be heavily influenced by the Prologue concept, according to Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s R&D boss. Autocar reports the Q6 won’t arrive much before the end of 2017.
Meanwhile, during the same press conference, Audi has reconfirmed again the production of the Q8 flagship SUV model. “The Q8 will come,” Hackenberg commented. “It will be something new, following designs established on the Prologue concept. It will be positioned as something more emotional and more sporty than the Q7. The Q7 will be a car for seven people, the Q8 will be more coupe-like.”
According to Autocar, the Q8 has been green-lighted and is progressing through a development program with sales expected to start within the next three years.