Audi obtained rights to use all the 1-9 nameplates for the Q lineup. Well, there are no too many vacant spots and the company is completing the portfolio. After the Q4, now we have a confirmation the 2023 Audi Q6 is coming as well. The SUV is going to belong to the electric world, with the E-Tron technology underpinning the concept. The company is trying to keep up with the competition, especially from its homeland. Mercedes EQ and BMW iX lineup are also introducing some new models.
What do we know about the 2023 Audi Q6? The first spy photos are here. That means the vehicle is going to debut pretty soon, at least as a concept. We can’t estimate the precise dimensions, but it seems that the Q6 will be of a similar size to the Q5. Buyers in the US are going to wait a bit longer for the premiere since experts believe the company is launching the SUV in Europe first. Well, at least we will know what to expect. From this point of view, the price is not going to be affordable. Automotive magazines in the UK estimate the base MSRP at 60,000 pounds ($75,000-$80,000). However, they also say that the EV can go 400 miles between recharges. If this is true, a high price is becoming reasonable.
First Details and Spy Photos
Since the 2023 Audi Q6 was spied, it is easier to discuss about the future of the vehicle and the lineup. This is going to be another electric SUV, like the Q4. However, the Q6 should be larger and more spacious. It is using the E-Tron system. Experts are guessing the SUV will use a similar configuration we can find in the A6 E-Tron sedan. If this happens, with minor modifications, the 2023 Q6 could make 400 miles of range thanks to the 100 kWh battery and 800V electric configuration.
From what’s left unhidden on the test mule, fans could see a design language very similar to other E-Tron vehicles, especially the Q4. The front grille is characteristic for those models. Well, it is not a classic grille, since EVs don’t use it for cooling. The rear end is also very similar to the Q4. It is noticeably bigger, meaning the Q6 is going to offer more space. Nevertheless, details on the vehicle were under the camouflage. We will have to be patient to find out more details. Spy shots of the interior are not taken. Yes, we can compare it to some of the existing models, but Audi will prepare something special for the new release.
2023 Audi Q6 Specs and Range
According to sources from the UK, the new 2023 Audi Q6 will feature a 100 kWh battery as the main powertrain. It is the one the A6 sedan is using. For the SUV, engineers will revisit the drive system. Some say that the goal is to make the Q6 go 400 miles in a single charge. This is an excellent range for the EV class. On the other hand, that will mean a higher price. Audi could prepare a lighter version as the entry-level model. It is not going to deliver such impressive performances, but the base cost should be more affordable.
The company is working on a faster charger. For now, the system can restore 80 percent of battery life in just 25 minutes. Audi also prepares advanced recharging configurations for home outlets. The unit is pretty big, and it will take a lot of time to restore it at a regular output. According to sources, the Q6 is tuned to nearly 500 horsepower. The acceleration time is not final yet. We assume the SUV will do 0-60mph in about 4 seconds.
When Will the 2023 Audi Q6 Be Available in the US?
The Q6 is going to be the 2023 YM, that is certain. Unfortunately, the company is initially launching the SUV only in Europe, per sources. We found details about the vehicle in German and UK magazines. The EV is being tested in those countries and Audi will launch the SUV late in 2022. It is not a surprise, since it happens more frequently that European carmakers are delivering their products to the US a year later. Well, in some cases, this doesn’t mean the 2023 Audi Q6 will be available in North America.
Still, there is no reason to skip the main market in the automotive world. Audi had some problems in the US, but they fight to overcome every obstacle and restore its image. Electric vehicles are the best choice, after the scandal with diesel engine emissions. With the Q4 and Q6, Audi will have a good start in the new market. Different configurations are expected for the American dealerships since the Euro-spec vehicle is expected to cost more than $75,000.