Audi Q6 e-Tron Spied in India


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The upcoming Audi Q6 e-tron has been spotted on the outskirts of Mumbai wearing almost no camouflage, marking the first time the India-bound e-SUV has been spied in the country. Expected to arrive in Audi showrooms by the end of this year or early next, the Q6 e-tron will have no direct rivals in India.

Our exclusive spy shots show that the Q6 e-tron on test is a left-hand drive model and seems to be in the same specification available in international markets. Abroad, the Q6 e-tron quattro is powered by a 100kWh battery pack that powers two electric motors (one on each axle) making a combined 388hp. The spied model looks exactly like the model that was revealed earlier this year, from the typically understated Audi design to the separated headlights and DRLs. Speaking of the lights, the tail-lights have a continuously animated pattern that can change based on various situations and can be set to a specific pattern too.

The only discernible differences between the international model and the Q6 spied here are the alloy wheel designs, and a silver finish around the front fog lamps, and on the rear bumper.

However, the India-spec model is likely to be powered by a smaller 83kWh battery pack. While its range and output figures are unknown, it’ll likely come with a single, rear axle-mounted electric motor. On the other hand, we expect it’ll have similar charging capabilities as the international model; the 100kWh battery can go from 10 to 80 percent in 21 minutes with a 270kW charger.

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The Q6 e-tron shares its PPE (Premium Platform Electric) plaform with the Porsche Macan EV, prices for which had been revealed in January.

In terms of size and price, the Q6 e-tron will slot between the likes of the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the BMW iX1 on one end, and the Audi Q8 e-tron, the Mercedes EQE SUV and the BMW iX on the other. We expect the electric SUV to be priced at about Rs 70 lakh-80 lakh, ex-showroom, when it launches.

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Audi Q6 e tron to be assembled in India

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The Audi Q6 e tron will be the brand’s third EV for India and is likely to be launched here by the end of 2024. Bigger news, however, is that it will be assembled in India, from CKD kits, at the Skoda Auto-VW Aurangabad plant.

This makes it Audi’s first locally assembled EV, which not only promises a potentially aggressive price point, but is also a big milestone in the brand’s India strategy going forward. In fact, the Q6 e tron has been spotted undergoing testing in India, under evaluation by ARAI, before the commencement of production.

The Audi Q6 e tron, as the name suggests, will slot in below the Q8 e tron (Rs 1.15 crore) and above the Q4 e-tron that’s sold overseas. In India, it has no direct rivals as other luxury brands are yet to enter this segment. With local assembly of the Q6 e tron, we expect it to have an aggressive price of around Rs 85 lakh, which again is a price point not occupied by any luxury EV in India.

Smaller luxury EVs like the BMW iX1, Mercedes EQA and EQB, and Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge, are priced in the Rs 55 lakh-75 lakh range, while larger electric SUVs like the Q8 e tron, Mercedes EQE SUV and BMW iX are all priced well above Rs 1 crore.

Audi has revealed a 285kW (388hp), dual-motor Quattro AWD variant with 625km of WLTP-certified range from a 100kWh battery, as well as a single-motor variant with 2WD and 240kW (326hp), which is certified for 641km of range from the same battery.

A variant with a smaller battery, around 80kWh in capacity, is also rumoured to be announced later. However, considering Audi India has found limited takers for the lower-spec 50 Quattro variant of the Q8 e-tron, we suspect it will be the higher-spec 285kW Quattro variant of the Q6 e tron that will be launched here.

More Audi Q6 e tron derivatives to follow
That, however, will not be the top-spec variant. Hot on the heels of the Q6 e tron in India will be the hotter SQ6 e tron, which is likely to be launched in early 2025.

With an estimated price of around Rs 1.1 crore and 516hp from the same dual-motor powertrain, the SQ6 e tron will offer a lot of bang for one’s buck, and features stiffer suspension for more agile handling characteristics. Its range on the WLTP cycle is rated at 598km.

There will eventually be an even higher-performance version – the RS Q6 e tron – with over 600hp, that will likely use the more powerful dual-permanent magnet synchronous motor setup from the Porsche Macan Turbo, though there's no word on whether it will come to India.

Next in line will likely be the Q6 Sportback e tron, the coupé SUV derivative of the Q6 e tron. Much like Audi’s other Sportback models, this will come at a slight premium over the equivalent SUV. And as we’ve seen with the Q8 range, due to its more aerodynamic shape, it will likely have a longer range as well.

Finally, the Q6 e tron’s PPE platform will also spawn an A6 e tron sedan, which will be revealed in production guise later this year, and will likely be introduced in India late in 2025. Expect this sedan to use the same powertrains as the Q6, though with the possibility of even greater range, thanks to a more aerodynamic profile.

Do note, this is not a direct replacement for the petrol A6 sedan that’s on sale today. As per Audi’s upcoming new model nomenclature, which uses even numbers for EVs and odd numbers for ICE models, the next-gen A6 petrol will become the Audi A7.

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