10 min read
23 Mar

Notable Highlights: 

  • The cutting-edge 800-volt architecture enables rapid charging, delivering up to 159 miles (255 km) of range in just 10 minutes
  • Distinctive Audi SUV design with perfect proportions, dynamic silhouette, and iconic Singleframe grille.
  • World-first active digital light signature pioneers intelligent illumination
  • User-centric interior boasts Audi MMI panoramic display, spacious layout, and sustainable Softwrap materials

Before we begin: A Note from the Manufacturer 

U.S. Market-Specific Information:

Audi Q6 e-tron US version.
  • The Q6 e-tron quattro and SQ6 e-tron SUV variants will launch in the US market with enhanced power compared to the global release
  • The Q6 e-tron quattro delivers 422 hp (315 kW) nominal power, while the SQ6 e-tron reaches 483 hp (360 kW) nominal power
  • Acceleration from 0-60 mph clocks in at an estimated 5.0 secs. with launch control for the Q6 e-tron quattro and 4.2 secs. for the SQ6 e-tron
  • Top speeds are marked at 130 mph (210 km/h) for the Q6 e-tron quattro and 143 mph (230 km/h) for the SQ6 e-tron
  • Preliminary manufacturer estimates indicate over 300 miles of range for the standard Q6 e-tron quattro on the EPA test cycle
  • Charging options include DC Fast Charging at 270 kW HPC @ 800 volts, capable of reaching 10-80% SOC in 21 mins, and AC Charging at 9.6 kW (240V/40A)
  • Certain lighting functionalities may be restricted due to U.S. regulations. More information to follow later this year.

Audi says the above information is preliminary and subject to change. Final specifications and pricing will be announced closer to the U.S. on-sale date. Charging times and range estimates may vary as well.

Experience Vorsprung durch Technik: the new Audi Q6 e‑tron;” those were the starting line of Audi’s “secret” announcement of the US-focused version of the e-tron Quattro, planned to deliver updated power and the technology behind that power. “Vorsprung durch Technik" is German for "advantage through technology," denoting that US customers will experience a notable advantage over the global versions when the new Q6 and SQ6 hit American shores in 2025. The message adds that nothing is certain yet while giving us a definitive idea of what to expect. 

This SUV represents Ingolstadt's foray into e-mobility and is available for order in Europe starting March 2024. Audi plans to offer EVs across all core segments by 2027, making the new e-tron the frontrunner. 

The new Q6 e-tron is an inaugural masterpiece of Audi’s novel Premium Platform Electric (PPE), developed in collaboration with Porsche and tandem with the E3 1.2 electric architecture. Promising unparalleled driving dynamics, rapid charging capabilities, and extended range, the Audi Q6 e-tron redefines the essence of Vorsprung durch Technik. Take the full tour. 

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The New Audi Q6 e-tron’s Distinctive Exterior Design

Audi Q6 e-tron exterior design.

The Audi Q6 e-tron’s exterior design merges elegance and athleticism thanks to its inherent Audi SUV DNA. Positioned in the premium midsize segment, its spacious dimensions - 4,771 mm in length, 1,993 mm in width, and 1,648 mm in height – offer plenty of room for five passengers and their luggage while maintaining exceptional comfort and everyday usability. 

The long wheelbase of 2,899 mm translates to generous legroom in the second row, a feature discerning SUV customers look out for. The Premium Platform Electric blessed the Audi Q6 e-tron with perfect proportions characterized by a long wheelbase and short overhangs. 

Evolving the e-tron-specific design language, its dynamic silhouette is accentuated by soft contours juxtaposed with sharp creases, creating a sense of perpetual motion even at a standstill. The front fascia commands attention with a closed Singleframe grille framed by selenite silver or gloss black accents, while high-positioned digital daytime running lights impart a distinct and assertive presence. 

Audi Q6 e-tron design.

The sleek greenhouse, tapering towards the rear, melts into the muscular shoulders and gently sloping D-pillars to impart a sense of agility and grace. Accentuating the vehicle's athleticism, a prominent line extends from the rear lights to the rear doors, emphasizing the iconic "quattro blisters" that define Audi's design ethos. 

This fusion of form and function, aptly termed "making technology visible," embodies Audi's commitment to innovative design. The clean and expansive architecture rearward, complemented by a continuous light strip, helps create a supremely confident SUV, sporty, elegant, and masculine. 

The New Q6 e-tron: User-Centric Interior

Audi Q6 e-tron interior.

The new Q6 e-tron introduces a new era of Audi’s interior design philosophy which prioritizes user-centricity and spatial harmony. 

Using a three-dimensional, high-contrast approach, the interior architecture seamlessly integrates various cabin features to deliver on design and ergonomics. The Audi MMI panoramic display and MMI passenger display create a visually striking digital canvas, while the "Softwrap" materials envelop the cockpit in a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. 

Recycled high-quality materials, chosen for their functionality and sustainability, adorn the seats and interior surfaces. Benefitting from the bespoke PPE platform, the Audi Q6 e-tron delivers a spacious and practical interior layout. 

Ample storage compartments and generous legroom, facilitated by the absence of a central tunnel, promote the SUV's everyday usability, while the versatile cargo space provides up to 1,529 liters of storage capacity with the rear seats folded down.

 Additionally, including a front trunk for storing smaller items further promotes the Audi Q6 e-tron as a frontrunner to discerning SUV shoppers. Underpinning this seamless integration of form and function is the advanced E3 1.2 electronic architecture, designed to elevate the digital experience for customers. 

Encompassing a future-proof, standardized framework, the E3 architecture employs a domain computer structure with five high-performance computers to control all vehicle functions, from infotainment to semi-automated driving. 

This robust platform not only enhances computational power but also enables secure networking and seamless integration of Car-to-X applications, paving the way for future innovations across Audi's model lineup. 

Audi Q6 e-tron: Power and Performance

Audi Q6 e-tron power and performance.

The Audi Q6 e-tron will rely on a powerful yet compact electric motor and a cutting-edge lithium-ion battery with a gross capacity of 100 kWh to deliver a remarkable range of up to 388 miles (625 km). Sporting a system output of 382 hp (285 kW) for the Q6 e-tron and up to 510 hp (380 kW) for the SQ6 e-tron, these models redefine expectations in terms of EV performance and efficiency. 

The Q6 e-tron Quattro and SQ6 e-tron promise heady driving dynamics with zero CO2 emissions, sprinting from rest to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and 4.3 seconds, respectively. The nameplate will initially hit the market with all-wheel drive variants and expand to include rear-wheel drive options tailored for efficiency and range. 

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The e-tron’s Precision Driving Dynamics

Audi Q6 e-tron driving dynamics.

Audi has fine-tuned the driving dynamics of the Q6 e-tron with newly developed systems and components to elevate performance and control in all driving scenarios. Upholding Audi's tradition of superior acceleration and deceleration, the chassis benefits from a precisely defined setup philosophy, with suspension control systems intricately coordinated to deliver optimal handling. 

A significant handling update comes from the redesigned front axle, where control arms are positioned ahead of the suspension arms for improved packaging and kinematic properties. This layout optimizes the high-voltage battery’s placement as well as contributes to the SUV’s enhanced road manners and agility. 

The steering rack, now fixed to a subframe, coupled with refined axle kinematics, offers heightened responsiveness and improved steering behavior. Furthermore, the rear-biased torque distribution, facilitated by a highly variable all-wheel-drive system, enhances dynamic driving characteristics, allowing for optimal traction and control. 

To complement the rear-biased weight distribution, the Q6 e-tron features wider rear tires for optimal grip and stability, particularly during spirited driving maneuvers. 

Audi Q6 e-tron: Charging Innovation

Audi Q6 e-tron charging solutions.

Audi wants the all-new Q6 e-tron to make good of the term “Quick Charging,” a term mostly associated with no less than 30 minutes of charge time. 

The new e-tron boasts an 800-volt architecture and a standard maximum charging capacity of 270 kW, making it possible to get enough juice for a 158-mile (255 km) travel in just 10 minutes, or 80 percent state-of-charge in approximately 21 minutes at High Power Charging (HPC) stations, thanks to the intelligent thermal management optimizing charging performance. 

HPCs in Europe are the equivalents of Tesla Superchargers and other companies like Siemens, Tritium, and Siemens providing fast-charging solutions stateside. 

Thanks to the Q6 e-tron’s Plug & Charge functionality, seamless authorization and automatic charging initiation simplify the charging process at compatible stations. 

Additionally, the Q6 e-tron introduces bank charging capability, allowing parallel charging of its 800-volt battery halves at 400-volt stations, delivering up to 135 kW of charging power. 

For everyday efficiency, the advanced recuperation system handles nearly all braking processes, recuperating energy at an impressive rate of up to 220 kW. 

The e-tron’s Cutting-Edge Lighting Technology

Audi Q6 e-tron lighting.

The Audi Q6 e-tron pioneers the world's first active digital light signature to mark a revolutionary leap in vehicular lighting technology. 

At the forefront of this lighting technology, powered by innovative software integrated into the vehicle's domain computers, are the second-generation digital OLED rear lights, comprising six OLED panels with 360 segments, capable of generating dynamic images every ten milliseconds through a bespoke algorithm. 

This perfect fusion of lighting design and cutting-edge technology imbues the Audi Q6 e-tron with a vivid and intelligent illumination unparalleled in its class, setting the stage for the future of Audi lighting. 

At the front, twelve segments interact dynamically to create the active digital light signature, while all digital OLED segments are utilized at the rear, ensuring consistent light intensity. This dynamic lighting tech is more than just for aesthetics.  

With the ability to communicate with the vehicle's surroundings via Car-to-X technology, the digital OLED rear lights also contribute to road safety by warning other road users of potential hazards. 

Moreover, the proximity detection system, augmented with the communication light, provides advanced warning symbols integrated into the tail light signature during critical driving situations. 

Setting new standards in personalization, the Audi Q6 e-tron offers up to eight digital light signatures, allowing owners to tailor their vehicle's lighting experience to reflect their style. 

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The New Audi Q6 e-tron Quattro’s Advanced Infotainment

Audi Q6 e-tron infotainment.

Digital Stage in the Audi Q6 e-tron means a fully connected and immersive interior experience driven by cutting-edge display technology. Comprising the Audi MMI panoramic display and MMI passenger display, this integrated system creates a spacious and modern atmosphere within the cabin. 

The slim, curved Audi MMI panoramic display features OLED technology, housing the 11.9-inch Audi virtual cockpit and the 14.5-inch MMI touch display. Positioned to curve toward the driver, this display echoes the iconic Audi single-frame design, enhanced by ambient lighting that gives it a floating appearance at night. 

Augmenting the digital experience is the optional Augmented Reality Head-Up Display, which projects relevant information onto the windshield. Using a large tilted image plane, this display broadcasts speed, traffic signs, navigation symbols, and assistance features, creating a heightened sense of augmented reality up to 200 meters away. 

Audi's designers did a good job of making the displays as intuitive and non-distracting as possible while supporting optimal situational awareness. 

The Q6 e-tron’s Intelligent Voice Assistant

Audi Q6 e-tron voice assistant.

Further enhancing the Q6 e-tron’s user experience is the Audi Assistant. It’s a self-learning voice assistant deeply integrated into the vehicle's systems. 

Displayed using an avatar in the MMI touch display and augmented reality head-up display, the Audi Assistant understands over 800 voice commands and continuously learns from user behavior to provide proactive suggestions, smart routines, and intelligent lists tailored to the driver's preferences. 

Furthermore, the Audi Q6 e-tron seamlessly integrates customers' digital lifestyles into the driving experience. Embracing Android Automotive OS for the first time, the infotainment system ensures that content is always up to date with over-the-air updates. 

The standard features include the latest Audi connect services and the enhanced e-tron route planner with real-time navigation tailored to electric vehicle charging needs. 

Premium In-Car Entertainment And Sound System

Audi Q6 e-tron sound system.

The integrated app store covers app categories across music, video, gaming, navigation, productivity, weather, and news services. Notably, you don’t need smartphone mirroring to access popular apps like YouTube as they are accessible directly through the Q6 e-tron’s MMI interface. 

The Bang & Olufsen Premium sound system boasts a highly efficient amplifier driving 20 speakers with 830 watts of power. 

Four speakers integrated into the front seat headrests introduce sound zones for personalized audio immersion, while the dynamic interaction light (IAL) enhances communication within the cabin, spanning the interior as a captivating arc. 

The All-New Audi Q6 e-tron’s Comprehensive Driver Assistance

Audi Q6 e-tron driver-assist technology.

A standout feature of the new Audi Q6 e-tron’s comprehensive driver-aid systems is the adaptive driving assistant plus, which not only assists with acceleration, speed maintenance, distance-keeping, and lane guidance but also leverages high-resolution map data and real-time swarm data from other vehicles to optimize vehicle handling. 

Utilizing radar sensors, a front camera, and ultrasonic sensors, the Q6 e-tron seamlessly navigates various driving scenarios, creating virtual routes and providing dependable guidance across all speed ranges, including in traffic jams. 

Standard features such as rear parking assistance, cruise control, lane departure warning, efficiency assist, active front assist, and a distraction and drowsiness warning system further enhance safety and enjoyable driving. 

Additionally, the extra assistance systems and safety packages available to customers through various equipment packages ensure the Audi Q6 e-tron remains at the forefront of advanced driver assistance technology now and in the future.

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