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Audi ‘Q6’ electric SUV to be badged e-tron, sedans to follow

October 18, 2016

Audi’s Tesla-rivalling electric SUV will be called ‘e-tron’ when it lobs in 2018, not Q6 as pundits had previously speculated.


The SUV is set to be heavily based on the 2015 e-tron quattro SUV concept (pictured), which has a drag co-efficient of just 0.25, beaten only by the Model X’s 0.24 figure. Comparatively, the Mercedes G 63 AMG has a Cd of 0.53.

CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed the vehicle is sufficiently removed from the rest of the range to justify its own name. In an Autocar report Stadler said:

“It is comparable to the first Audi quattro, which was known simply as the quattro. In the long term the name e-tron will stand for a pure electric driveline structure. We will have models with the usual names, for example A6 e-tron, A7 e-tron, A8 e-tron and so on.”

Audi has previously confirmed the 2018 production date as well as 500km range and three electric motors; two at the back and one at the front.

Anticipated rivals are the Mercedes EQ SUV, the battery-powered next-gen BMW X3, and even Mitsubishi has confirmed it will be fielding a fully-electric SUV by the end of the decade.

An exciting new chapter full of electron-filled combatants is about to begin.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.