Audi tests Q6 e-tron in extreme conditions; debut likely in 2024

Audi will bring out as many as ten new EVs by the end of 2025, starting with the Q6 e-tron.

Audi tests Q6 e-tron in extreme conditions; debut likely in 2024

Friday March 17, 2023,

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Audi is gearing up for an electric future with a wide range of electric vehicles (EVs) under development. The German marque already boasts a wide range of EVs, expected to grow in the future, under its e-tron sub-brand. The next big entrant in the e-tron lineup is the Q6 e-tron.

Audi is testing the prototypes of the upcoming electric SUV in extreme winter conditions in northern Europe. The Q6 e-tron also marks the inauguration of an in-house battery assembly facility at the Ingolstadt headquarters, thus underpinning Audi’s commitment to electric mobility.

Audi Q6 e-tron

Audi Q6 e-tron tested in extreme winter conditions of Northern Europe

Q6 e-tron details

The Q6 e-tron is based on the PPE (Platform Premium Electric) platform, underpinning the upcoming Porsche Macan EV and Audi A6 e-tron. This platform will support an 800-volt electrical system, powerful and efficient electric motors, an innovative battery and charging management system, and a newly developed electronics architecture.

Images released by Audi reveal a camouflaged prototype of the Q6 e-tron tested in the snowy landscapes of Northern Ireland. The front captures a sealed-off nose, flanked by a split LED headlamp setup with a trapezoidal opening for the air intake in the lower fascia.

Audi Q6 e-tron

Audi Q6 camouflaged test mule rear quarter

Along the side profile, the Q6 e-tron gets sharp creases and a distinct shoulder line. The rear end looks clean and understated, with sleek wraparound LED taillights and a subtle roof-mounted spoiler. Audi hasn’t added any fake exhaust tips. Other prominent highlights include five-spoke cast alloy wheels, a shark-fin antenna, and roof rails.

Like other Q models in the e-tron range, the battery-powered Q6 will be available in both SUV and Sportback (coupe) body styles. The automaker will reveal more details on the specifications of the Q6 e-tron when it makes its global debut in the next few months.

More EVs in pipeline

Audi has confirmed to launch more EVs in the next couple of years. The German marque will launch a total of 20 new models by 2025, of which ten models will be battery-powered vehicles, including a new entry-level EV, in the form of Q4 e-tron.

Audi Q6-tron

Audi Q6 e-tron debut expected early next year

In a recent address to the media, Markus Duesmann, CEO of Audi, said, “We have set the course to go 100% electric. By 2027, we seek to offer an all-electric vehicle in each core segment. We recently decided to launch an additional electric entry-level model below the Audi Q4 e-tron as well.” 

(Images courtesy: Porsche)

Edited by Suman Singh