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Audi Q6 joins e-tron family

Audi unveils all-new Q6 e-tron

By on 24 Apr 2024

Audi has taken the wraps off their Q6 e-tron, the first production model based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) which signifies the company’s transformation into a provider of premium electric mobility. This new model is defined by impressive driving and charging performance, increased efficiency and long range.

The Audi Q6 e-tron embodies typical SUV styling along with further refinement of the e-tron design language. The new design philosophy in the interior as well as pioneering technologies that make their debut in this model, signify the next chapter for Audi.

The PPE platform which was developed in conjunction with Porsche as well as the electronic architecture that goes with it are important milestones in the expansion of Audi’s global range of electrically powered models as it marks the strengthening and rejuvenation of the model portfolio with the Q6 e-tron underpinning Audi’s promise to offer electric vehicles in all core segments by 2027. With the PPE platform Audi will be able to launch high-volume models with high technical standards in different segments and in that way further electrify their portfolio.

Impressive range and charging performance

A powerful yet highly efficient electric motor as well as a newly developed lithium-ion battery with a total gross capacity of 100 kWh ensures a range of up to 625km.
The Audi Q6 e-tron offers sporty performance with a system output of 285kW while the sportier SQ6 e-tron offers a remarkable 380kW, equating to 0-100km/h sprint times of 5.9 and 4.3 seconds respectively.

Typical Audi SUV design

The dimensions of the Audi Q6 e-tron position it in the premium midsize segment and ensure maximum space for five passengers and luggage along with comfort and suitability for everyday use.
The PPE platform offers the perfect proportions including the ratio of a long wheelbase and short overhangs which forms the basis for the familiar powerful, dynamic package seen in the exterior of Audi’s Q models. In the car’s bodywork, soft shapes are in constant interplay with the creases and edges, lending dynamism to the shadows even when stationary. The upright front features a completely closed single frame and a mask in selenite silver or gloss black. The high-positioned digital daytime running lights give the Q6 e-tron a very distinctive and independent appearance.

The greenhouse is stretched low and taut over the body and slightly tapered towards the rear as the gently sloping D-pillars flow elegantly into the shoulders of the bodywork. A dynamically tightened rear creates a mixture of sporty elegance and masculine power while the clean and broad rear architecture with its continuous light strip lends the Q6 e-tron quattro the clarity and aplomb typical of Audi.

The latest in lighting technology

The Audi Q6 e-tron features the world’s first active digital light signature. Second-generation digital OLED rear lights, comprising of six OLED panels with a total of 360 segments generate a new image every 10 milliseconds using a specially developed algorithm. The result is lighting that appears livelier and more intelligent than ever before. Upfront, the active digital light signature is created by the interaction of the algorithm with 12 segments that dim up and down. At the rear, all digital OLED segments are used for this purpose. The individual light segments interact in such a way that the total light intensity of the light signature does not vary.

For the first time, the digital OLED rear lights can communicate with the vehicle’s surroundings in a targeted manner. In addition a communication light can warn other road users of accident and breakdown sites. In addition to regular taillight graphics, the communication light displays a specific taillight signature with integrated warning symbols in the digital OLED combination rear light during critical driving or traffic situations.

With a total of up to eight digital light signatures available from the redesigned daytime running lights of the Matrix LED headlights and in the digital OLED rear lights 2.0, owners can individualise their Q6 e-tron in a completely new way.

Innovation continues inside

The interior features a Softwrap that extends from the doors across the entire cockpit to the centre console, creating an enveloping feeling of space. Comfort oriented areas are designed with generous areas and soft materials while precisely designed control areas are finished in high-gloss black to emphasise the clarity of interaction with the vehicle.
The Audi Q6 e-tron features a fully connected and digital interior that comprises the Audi MMMI panoramic display and the additional MMI passenger display.
A wide range of functions are designed to improve everyday driving including the adaptive driving assistant plus, rear parking assistance, cruise control, lane departure warning, efficiency assist, active front assist and the distraction and drowsiness warning system.

Local availability

The Audi Q6 e-tron is currently under consideration for a South African introduction, with an expected launch date expected for the end of 2024 or during the first quarter of 2024.

Credit: Reuben van Niekerk

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