In 2025, Audi is in the process of unveiling its latest addition to the electric vehicle market, the Q6 E-Tron. This new electric crossover, positioned between the midsize Q8 E-Tron and compact Q4 E-Tron, signifies Audi’s commitment to expanding its electric vehicle portfolio. Prototypes of the Q6 E-Tron have been in development and testing for over a year.
Notably, our most recent spy shots reveal a prototype of a coupe-like version of the Q6 E-Tron, which will be named the Q6 Sportback E-Tron. This sleek and stylish model will join Audi’s growing lineup of EVs, alongside coupe variants of the Q8 E-Tron and Q4 E-Tron.
Both the Q6 E-Tron and Q6 Sportback E-Tron are being co-developed with an electric Porsche Macan. Due to some delays, the release of these Audi models, as well as the Porsche Macan EV, is now anticipated in early 2024, likely as 2025 models in the United States. These vehicles will be underpinned by a new platform known as the PPE, developed primarily by Audi and Porsche within the Volkswagen Group.
While specific technical details of the PPE platform have been relatively scarce, it is known to incorporate an 800-volt electrical system, enabling impressive charging capabilities of up to 350 kilowatts. Additionally, the range is expected to exceed 300 miles for the largest battery option.
As for the Porsche Macan EV, it will feature a robust 98-kilowatt-hour battery pack, with an electric motor powering each axle. At least one grade of the Macan EV will deliver a combined power output of over 603 horsepower, a performance level that may also find its way into potential Audi models such as the SQ6 E-Tron or RS Q6 E-Tron.
Although interior details remain somewhat concealed in the spy shots, Audi has provided a glimpse into the cabin design of the Q6 E-Tron, revealing a digital dashboard featuring an 11.9-inch digital gauge cluster and a 14.5-inch infotainment screen with touch functionality. The infotainment system itself will be a new Android-based design developed by Cariad, Volkswagen Group’s software division, and will include its own app store. An optional head-up display with augmented reality is expected to be available, and for enthusiasts of premium audio, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system will be offered.
Production of the Q6 E-Tron will take place at Audi’s facility in Ingolstadt, Germany. This manufacturing site is being prepared to produce PPE-based vehicles as well as their corresponding battery systems.
Audi’s commitment to electric vehicles is evident in its ambitious plans to have 20 EV models in its lineup as early as 2025. Beyond the Q6 E-Tron and Q6 Sportback E-Tron, the company has announced forthcoming models like the A6 E-Tron, and electric replacements for the A8 and R8. Furthermore, Audi has disclosed its intention to launch its final car equipped with a gas engine as soon as 2026, signaling a clear shift toward electric power for the majority of its lineup as they undergo redesigns.