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2023 Audi Q6 e-tron spied again

Audi's new mid-sized electric crossover is inching closer to production, as evidenced by this (slightly) less camouflaged mule.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie
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Audi’s next electric SUV has been snapped in testing again, offering a glimpse at its high-tech interior.

The latest set of images reveals the Audi Q6 e-tron will feature what looks like a large, freestanding screen behind the wheel.

It looks larger than the integrated display that currently features across the e-tron SUV range, and is more in keeping with the display in the smaller Q4 e-tron revealed during 2020.

Built on the new Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture that’s been jointly developed by Audi and Porsche, the Q6 e-tron will share its underpinnings with the next-generation Porsche Macan.

Both the new Macan and regular Q6 e-tron are set to debut in 2022, and will be the first production vehicles to use this platform.

PPE-based vehicles will reportedly offer electric range of upwards of 480km, with a standard single electric motor on the rear axle and an optional secondary electric motor on the front axle for all-wheel drive.

Electric motor specifications and battery pack sizes for the Q6 E-Tron and next-generation Macan are yet to be confirmed.

The platform will also offer an 800V electrical system like the J1 platform used in the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT, and will have DC fast-charging speeds of up to 350kW.

The Q6 e-tron prototype spied here looks similar to the prototype spied in 2021, but it’s wearing less camouflage.

We can see more of the detailing around the covered-over Singleframe grille up front, along with the shape of the rear bumper.

The Q6 E-Tron will roll off the production line at Audi’s Ingolstadt plant, which is currently undergoing renovations to accommodate all-electric manufacturing processes. By 2025, Audi expects to offer over 20 electric models.

Audi has also committed to ceasing development of new ICE models by 2026 when the second-generation Q8 launches. This Q8 will reportedly be offered with both ICE and EV powertrains.

After its production run ends around 2032, Audi will have only an electric-only model range, though it’s left the door open for ICE vehicles to continue to be sold in China beyond that date.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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