We spied the Audi Q6 e-tron for the first time back in February and now we spotted it again. Compared to our first sighting, this prototype was out testing on public roads for the first time giving us a better look overall.
We know Porsche is developing a new and fully electric Macan. The new Macan will ride on a new platform dubbed PPE, Premium Platform Electric, that is co-developed with Audi. While the platform for the Taycan (J1) was designed for cars sitting low on the road, the PPE is designed for high-floor cars like the Macan according to engineering chief, Dr Michael Steiner.
Audi will also use the PPE platform for an upcoming model to be named Q6 e-tron. Just some week ago, Audi confirmed the name Q6 e-tron and also confirmed that it will hit the market in 2022.
PPE-based vehicles will offer range upwards of 480-kilometres (~300 miles), sporting a single electric motor at the rear axle as standard and the option of a second electric motor at the front axle for all-wheel drive. An 800-volt electrical system similar to the Porsche Taycan’s will make PPE-based cars compatible with 350-kilowatt fast-charging.
As we can see, it looks something of a bigger Q4 e-tron and will offer as much space inside as the Q7 but with the length of an Q5.
This is one of the first prototypes and therefore still heavy on the camouflage but it looks like the head lights are already correct production versions. At the back, we can see the prototype still has the fake prototype lights. Look beneath the camouflage and you will see the air intakes on each corner of the front bumper as well as the shape of the lower air intake.
The charger ports are positioned at the rear fenders, we can see it on the left side but it’s possible there will be one on each side.
The Audi Q6 e-tron will roll off the all-electric assembly line in Ingolstadt from 2022, which is currently undergoing all-electric renovations. In 2023 a Sportback version is likely to follow.
By 2025, Audi expects to offer over 20 all-electric models as well as a rapid expansion of its plug-in hybrid portfolio, with more than 50 per cent of its combustion engine model series boasting a PHEV. Audi has also abandoned the development of new combustion engines as reported some weeks ago.