Audi has announced that it will launch an all electric SUV in 2018, the Audi Q6 E-Tron, the car will be based on the Audi E-tron Quattro that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
Audi has not officially confirmed the name for the car, although they have said it will slot in between the Audi Q5 and Q7, so it looks like it will launch as the Audi Q6 E-Tron.
The model rotation will benefit all the sites of Audi’s global production network. “The new model distribution will enhance our production efficiency and strengthen all of the sites involved,” stated Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “It will allow us to utilize further synergies within the Volkswagen Group and to bundle key competencies.” The model decisions protect jobs and promote the internationalization of the production network.
As of 2018, Audi Brussels will exclusively produce the first battery‑electric SUV from the brand with the Four Rings for the world market. The Audi e-tron quattro concept study that was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 provides a clear indication of the final production version. The sporty SUV will fit between the Audi Q7 and the Audi Q5 in the product portfolio. Equipped with three electric motors and a high‑capacity battery, the Audi e-tron model will offer a maximum of sportiness, driving dynamics and efficiency. It will have full everyday practicality with a range of more than 500 kilometers and will feature quick battery charging.
The company also said that production of the Audi Q6 E-Tron will start at their site in Brussels, this is where the A1 is built, but production of this vehicle will be transferred to Martorell, Spain. Audi will also manufacture their own batteries for the new Q6 at their plant in Brussels.