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Audi Q6 E-tron Preview Due For Frankfurt Photo:
 
 
Mike Stevens | Jun, 09 2015 | 0 Comments

Audi will offer buyers their first look at a planned rival to Tesla’s electrified Model X SUV at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, a new report claims.

Audi has already confirmed that it will launch a new coupe-styled Q6 SUV in the near future, with an electric drive system expected to be the main power option.

According to industry paper Automotive News, the new electrified SUV will make its concept debut in September, ahead of a production premiere that should occur in 2017 or 2018.

Top of article: an official teaser released in March. Above: a speculative rendering of the so-called Q6 by artist Theophilus Chin.
Top of article: an official teaser released in March. Above: a speculative rendering of the so-called Q6 by artist Theophilus Chin.

The report adds that unnamed sources have hinted at variants in the range that would offer an extended driving range through the use of a plug-in hybrid system.

Audi research and development boss Ulrich Hackenberg has already promised a driving range of greater than 500 kilometres for the electric version, however, which would easily cover the needs of most owners.

The company expects to make the new SUV a proper high-volume model, hitting at least 10,000 global sales annually. “Otherwise, it wouldn’t be worth it,” Audi chief Ruper Stadler told press at the recent CES Asia technology event.

Audi's pure EV SUV will complement the new Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid (pictured above) in Audi's showroom. For Hackenberg, the Q7 e-tron's diesel-electric powertrain is a more sensible configuration for a full-sized SUV.

With a combined system output of 275kW and 700Nm, the Q7 e-tron can hit 100km/h in six seconds flat yet drinks just 1.7 l/100km on the combined cycle.

Fully charged, the Q7 e-tron can also be driven electrically for 56km.

MORE: Audi SUVs | Electric Vehicles | E-Tron Models

 
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