Audi may have teased a picture of its upcoming Q6 coupe-like crossover during its annual press conference.
The Audi Q6 is expected to join the lineup sometime before the end of 2017. It will be based on Audi’s updated, longitudinal-engined MLB platform named MLB Evo. It will essentially be a “coupe” variant of the next-generation Audi Q5 to battle the likes of the BMW X4 and upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLC-Coupe.
“The Q6 will come,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s research and development boss. “It will be something new, following designs established on the Prologue concept. It will be positioned as something more emotional and more sporty than the Q7. The Q7 will be a car for seven people, the Q6 will be more coupé-like.”
One of the variants of the Q6 is expected to feature a battery pack similar to that found in the new Audi R8 e-Tron, with reports stating that the vehicle’s battery pack will be slightly bigger than the 90KwH unit found in the e-Tron. From that kind of hardware, a range of roughly 185 miles (297 km) is expected.
The Q6 will also usher in Audi’s new, refreshed styling language first seen on the tasty Audi Prologue that debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show, and that’s expected to first be seen on the next-, ninth-generation Audi A4 family. Incidentally, the next-gen A4 and Q5 will also ride on the revised MLB Evo architecture.
While it’s not immediately clear whether the electrified variant of the Q6 will be a PHEV or a BEV, we should note the fact that Hackenberg stated that the MLB platform will have no trouble accommodating a battery pack and all the goods needed for plug-in hybrid capability.
Meanwhile, Audi also has plans to make a more dramatic, coupe variant of the Q7 called the Q8. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge.