A reliable automotive source is indicating Audi will introduce the Q6 concept this September at 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show to serve as a preview for the production model due to come out in 2018. The concept’s name has not been officially confirmed by the Ingolstadt-based premium marque but probably Audi will decide to use a different moniker for the concept which will take the shape of a fully electric crossover.
It will actually be Audi’s answer to the forthcoming Tesla Model X and it has been described by company officials as being “sexy” and “sporty” as well as “packed with utility.” Details about the Q6 are scarce at the moment but it is believed the engineers will use the second generation MLB platform from the new generation Q7 while the body is believed to be very distinctive compared to other Q-badged models.
The report mentions it will have an “extreme aerodynamic styling” created by Audi’s chief designer Marc Lichte who is now in charge of implementing the new design language previewed by the Prologue concept. Audi has previously announced the production version of the Q6 will come with a large lithium-ion battery pack which will enable the electric crossover to travel for as much as 500 km before needing a recharge.
Company’s CEO Rupert Stadler has said their plan is to make more than 10,000 units per year as anything below this figure would not make financial sense for the Volkswagen-owned company. If the electric Q6 will turn out to be a success, chances are we will also get to see plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell derivatives around the end of the decade.
It is not known at this point whether Audi plans on installing a combustion engine in the Q6, but eventually they probably will to further broaden the car’s appeal as not all people are fans of alternatively-powered vehicles just yet.
Since an official launch of the production version is programmed for 2018, it is too early to say whether Audi India plans on bringing the Q6.
Source: Automotive News Europe