Audi is set to introduce a comprehensive overhaul of its interior design elements, commencing with its upcoming electric compact crossover, the Q6 E-Tron, which is slated for release later this year.
The redesigned interior will prominently feature advanced technology, while also laying considerable emphasis on sustainable materials. Furthermore, traditional attributes such as comfort and refined aesthetics will continue to be focal points.
On a recent Sunday, Audi unveiled a preview of the interior innovations to expect with the Q6 E-Tron.
Audi Q6 E-Tron Features
A contoured dashboard faces the driver, incorporating an 11.9-inch digital dashboard and a 14.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system. This new infotainment system is an Android-based creation from Cariad, the software arm of Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen Group, and includes its own application marketplace.
Control interfaces are strategically placed on the driver’s door and central console, while the front-seat passenger is provided with a separate 10.9-inch touchscreen to manage a variety of vehicular functions and to display video. A digital screen partition ensures that the driver is not disturbed by the passenger’s video playback.
An augmented reality head-up display projects crucial information such as speed, traffic regulations, navigation directives, and additional data. These projections appear as if they are roughly 650 feet ahead of the vehicle. Thanks to augmented reality, these projections can also interact with real-world elements—for instance, navigational arrows can precisely indicate the appropriate turn.
In addition, Audi has incorporated an interactive light strip at the base of the windshield, dubbed the Interaction Light (IAL). This system can display a range of information, including a welcome message, battery charging status, and updates at charging stations.
An integrated voice assistant allows for hands-free operations, such as making or receiving calls, locating points of interest, and other functionalities. The system is designed to adapt to user behavior and make suggestions accordingly.
For individuals with discerning audio preferences, Audi has incorporated a Bang & Olufsen audio system with a 22-speaker setup and 3D sound capabilities. Four of these speakers are ingeniously integrated into the front seat headrests, creating a unique auditory experience for the occupants.
Additional Details on Audi Q6 E-Tron
The Q6 E-Tron will accommodate five passengers, distributed across two rows. The interior offers 54 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are folded, with an extra 2.3 cubic feet in the front trunk. The trim features recycled materials, particularly recycled polyester, although options for more conventional materials like leather and wood are also available.
The vehicle is being developed in parallel with an electric Porsche Macan, set to debut in early 2024. Both models are based on Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE), optimized for high-volume, upscale electric vehicles. A coupe-like variant of the Q6 E-Tron, termed a Sportback in Audi’s nomenclature, is also in the pipeline.