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March 19, 2024

Audi Launches 2024 Q6 e-Tron, SQ6 e-Tron SUV

The Audi Q6 e-tron has made its global debut as the first its product that rides on the Premium Platform Electric or PPE architecture—the same one that the all-new Porsche Macan uses.

Measuring 4,771 mm long, 1,965 mm wide, 1,648 mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2,899 mm, this new all-electric SUV is smaller than the Q8 e-tron. The exterior design is deemed as “sporty, progressive and perfectly proportioned,” with highlight cues being a closed and inverted Singleframe grille and prominent air intakes.

The Q6 e-tron is the first model in Audi’s line-up to offer second-generation OLED technology. This is found particularly in the taillights which has 360 segments for a high-res look. The OLED taillights can also communicate with the car’s immediate surroundings so it can warn other road users of accidents or breakdowns. They’re also used to warn road users approaching from the rear and indicate the status of the vehicle’s parking assistant when active.

The headlights, meanwhile, have matrix LED tech and are arranged in a dual-tier setup with an upper daytime running light array, which has 70 individual LEDs.

Inside, the Q6 e-tron features the MMI panoramic display that is made up of an 11.9-inch virtual cockpit (digital instrument cluster) and 14.5-inch touchscreen. There’s also the MMI front passenger display measuring 10.9 inches that has an active privacy mode so as not to distract the driver when used.

More tech features include the dynamic interaction light that sets the mood inside the cabin with a light strip containing 84 LEDs along with an optional 20-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. As for the infotainment, it uses Android Automotive OS – another first for Audi – that provides access to Google services while also supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

For those concerned about practicality, the SUV offers 526 liters of rear cargo space that can be increased to 1,529 liters with the rear 40/20/40 split-folding seats down. Another 64 liters is also available in the front trunk.

In terms of powertrains, the Q6 e-tron will be offered in two variants with all-wheel drive. The first is simply known as the Q6 e-tron quattro that has a total system output of 387 horsepower in Europe for a 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds. In the United States, this variant has a higher output of 428 horsepower, which can go up to 462 horsepower with launch control active. In both cases, top speed is 210 km/h.

Then, there’s the SQ6 e-tron that packs 489 horsepower and can deliver up to 516 horsepower with launch control. It will max out at 230 km/h.

The motors are powered by a 100-kWh battery pack (94.9-kWh usable) enough for a range of 625 kilometers for the Q6 e-tron and 598 kilometers for the SQ6 e-tron. Audi says a rear-wheel drive variant with a smaller battery (83 kWh) will be introduced after the initial market launch with more range.

With the PPE, the Q6 e-tron has an 800-volt electrical system that enables DC fast charging at a peak of 270 kW. This will get the battery from a 10 to 80 percent state of charge in 21 minutes with a compatible charging station, but when faced with one that works with 400-volt technology, the SUV can be bank-charged. As the company explains, the 800-volt battery is “divided” into two batteries at equal voltage, which can then be charged in parallel with up to 135 kW.

For AC charging, the SUV can handle up to 11 kW as standard. The carmaker will offer AC charging with 22 kW as an option at a later date that should reduce the charging time. When it comes to brake regeneration, the Q6 e-tron can recuperate up to 220 kW and claims around 95 percent of all everyday braking processes can be covered by regenerative braking.

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