- Audi has confirmed a new model called the Q6 e-tron, which will be an electric SUV between the Q4 e-tron and Q8 e-tron models.
- It will use the VW Group's new PPE platform with an 800-volt electrical architecture.
- We expect the Q6 e-tron to debut later this year and come to the U.S. as a 2025 model.
Audi is adding yet another electric model to its range, the Q6 e-tron. As its name suggests, it will slot in between the Q4 e-tron and the recently renamed Q8 e-tron EV SUVs. These first official photos of a Q6 prototype in camouflage undergoing winter testing show us a glimpse at what this new model looks like, and Audi has released preliminary details about its new PPE platform and 800-volt electrical architecture that should enable impressively fast charging speeds.
The Q6 e-tron will be offered in conventional SUV and sloped-back Sportback versions, just like its siblings. The squareback is pictured here, and its overall proportions are about what we’d expect from an Audi crossover. The front end looks to adopt a split-headlight design akin to the BMW X7’s, but we’re not sure how much the prototype’s lighting elements will change for production.
This model will introduce the VW group’s PPE electric platform, which stands for Premium Platform Electric. These underpinnings boast a more powerful 800-volt electrical system and will also be found in future models including the Audi A6 e-tron. We expect the Q6 e-tron to have a standard dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup that will undoubtedly wear the Quattro name Audi uses for all of its AWD models. Competitors will include vehicles such as the Cadillac Lyriq, the Genesis Electrified GV70, and the Lexus RZ.
Audi hasn’t yet set a debut date for the production Q6 e-tron but we expect to see the real thing within the next few months.
Despite being raised on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Capparella nonetheless cultivated an obsession for the automotive industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for his first professional auto-writing gig at Automobile Magazine. He has been part of the Car and Driver team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.