Audi’s first ever fully electric crossover will be called Q6 and is expected to carry the e-tron badge, but more importantly, now we know that it will have a maximum range of 500 km which means that in real traffic conditions it should easily do more than 400 km. This will be possible thanks to a new generation of batteries developed by Audi in collaboration with Samsung SDI and LG Chem, two of the most important battery suppliers in the world.
The model is believed to see the light of production day sometime in 2018, but until then there are rumors indicating a concept will be showcased next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Sources close Audi are pointing out the pure electric concept will employ a trio of electric motors which together will provide the high-riding model with a maximum output of 500 bhp and a whopping 700 Nm of torque sent to an adaptation of the company’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.
The concept will allegedly be billed to provide the same 500+ km range and apparently this will be achieved thanks to a large battery that will have a capacity of 90 kWh. Interestingly, the Audi Q6 won’t stay an electric-only model for a long time as rumors say plug-in hybrid and hydrogen variants are in the works and will join the range around the end of the decade.
It will be interesting to see whether Audi will offer the Q6 with a regular combustion engine without any electric assistance. The model will ride on the MLB Evo platform so it would make sense to have conventionally-powered versions since Audi has a lot of engines to choose from which would suit the first ever Q6 quite well.
As far as the design is concerned, it will be one of those coupe crossovers combining the high-riding position you would expect from an SUV with a sloped roofline found usually on coupes. Some large wheels, roof-mounted rear spoiler and a bespoke interior cabin are also planned to make the Q6 stand out even further.
Note: Official Audi Q6 teaser pictured.