Audi is a bit late in its expansion into the electric vehicle market, but is now trying to catch up at an accelerated pace by expanding the e-tron family of battery-powered cars. This year, the e-tron GT sedan and the Q4 / Q4 Sportback e-tron crossovers have already joined the title SUV and cross-coupe, and the Q6 e-tron is expected in the second half of 2022.
Disguised prototypes have repeatedly come across our spies, and now colleagues from Motor.es, armed with a graphic editor, tried to virtually “strip” the future electric car, providing it with a corporate “face” with a blank panel instead of a radiator grill.
Although in terms of design, all the current “i-thrones” are more or less similar, technically these machines are almost not connected with each other. Actually, the Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback are built on the MLB Evo platform, which is common with the Q5, Q7 and many other fuel models of the Volkswagen concern. The E-tron GT shares the J1 architecture with the Porsche Taycan, while the Q4 family uses the MEB bogie like the Volkswagen ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq.
With the advent of the Q6 e-tron, the conventional family will become even more motley, since this crossover is based on another new platform – Premium Platform Electric (PPE). Its “Four Rings” has been designed in collaboration with Porsche for several model lines at once. In particular, a close analogue of the Q6 will be a crossover the size of the Macan, which will eventually oust its gasoline predecessor from all markets, but will initially be sold alongside it.
The Audi Q6 e-tron itself will most likely retire the current Q5, but also not immediately. At the same time, a completely different Q5 will appear in the company’s product line – a three-row electric SUV based on the Volkswagen ID.6. Again – with the e-tron suffix in the name.