2023 Audi Q6 E-Tron Future Cars: Audi’s Answer to Tesla’s Model Y

WHAT IT IS: Audi’s first two electric vehicles, the E-Tron SUV and E-Tron GT fastback, are flagships of sorts for the automaker. But the upcoming 2023 Audi Q6 E-Tron is slated to be Audi’s first heart-of-market electric luxury SUV. This Q5-sized compact electric SUV (and its future electric Porsche Macan stablemate) will be Audi’s answer to the Tesla Model Y, Jaguar I-Pace, and Mercedes EQC, among others.

WHY IT MATTERS: Automakers have finally realized that in order to sell electric-powered vehicles, they have to build cars people actually want to buy. This means compact SUVs, especially luxury ones. For Audi, the 2023 Q6 E-Tron will be the SUV counterpart to the brand’s coming A6 E-Tron sedan, helping to amortize costs for the (likely) slower-selling A6 and providing an alternative for those who find the Q4 E-Tron too small and the E-Tron SUV too large.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Like the A6 E-Tron, the Q6 E-Tron will be built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture co-developed with Porsche and Bentley.

Officially, Audi hasn’t yet disclosed powertrain details for the Q6 E-Tron, but we’d be shocked (no pun intended) if it didn’t mirror the A6 E-Tron lineup. We expect the top powertrain option on the Q6 E-Tron to feature dual motors with about 470 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, backed up by a 100-kWh battery pack. A smaller battery pack and single-motor rear-drive option are also likely.

Expect a driving range north of 250 miles for the Q6 E-Tron. Like the A6 E-Tron and E-Tron GT, the Q6 E-Tron will be capable of quick-charging at seriously quick speeds—up to 270 kW, or 20 kW higher than Tesla’s latest V3 Superchargers. That will make the Q6 E-Tron road-trip friendly, with a theoretical 5-80 percent charge time of just 25 minutes.

ESTIMATED PRICE: Expect a base Q6 E-Tron to sticker for somewhere in the $50,000-$55,000 range before any applicable federal, state, and local rebates and incentives.

EXPECTED ON-SALE DATE: Fall 2022

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