2025 Audi Q6 e-tron is seriously upping its EV game

By | March 20, 2024

2025 Audi Q6 e-tron steps up its EV gameAudi

  • Audi is entering the next phase of its EV journey, starting with the Porsche-shared Premium Platform Electric architecture on the Q6 e-tron.

  • The Audi Q6 e-tron is truly all-new for 2024 and will have a range of no less than 600 km, while the SQ6 e-tron can produce 506 hp from its 100 kWh battery pack.

  • Based on European pricing, Audi says the base model Q6 e-tron will cost around $81,000, while the SQ6 e-tron will cost more than $101,000.

In the automotive world, the term “all-new” rarely means exactly that, but Audi is getting its own shining moment this week. Ahead of the New York International Auto Show and marking a new era in its electric legacy, the 2024 Audi Q6 e-tron is finally here – and in good form, too.

That’s not to downplay the importance of past and current Audi EVs. We’re big fans of the Audi e-tron GT, but the Q6 e-tron represents a shift in Audi’s approach to electric cars. That’s because the midsize crossover is the first Audi to ride on its new Premium Platform Electric (PPE).

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When equipped with adaptive air suspension, the Q6 e-tron sits 1.1 inches lower than with the standard passive suspension.Audi

Shared with the upcoming Porsche Macan EV, the PPE-based Audi joins its luxury siblings in launching a new portfolio of electric models within the Volkswagen Group. Despite a shared platform, the Audi Q6 e-tron will be unique in itself, starting with its dimensions.

With a wheelbase of 114.1 inches and a height of 64.8 inches, Audi says the Q6 e-tron’s primary focus is on passenger comfort and accessibility. At first glance, the midsize crossover appears stretched and lower than its competitors, making it easier for passengers of all ages and mobilities to board.

That’s just one difference between the Q6 e-tron and Macan, but both models rely on the same 100 kWh battery and 800-volt architecture. Still, powertrain performance is quite different between the two, with Audi posting up to 506 hp on the SQ6 e-tron variant. Power figures for the base model start at 382 hp.

Charging speeds are clearly a higher priority for Ingolstadt executives. With a maximum DC fast charging speed of 270 kW and an estimated 10%-80% charging time of 21 minutes, Audi says the longest-range version of the Q6 e-tron can travel 600 kilometers on a single charge. For comparison: the SQ6 e-tron has a range of 600 kilometers.

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AC charging at speeds of up to 11 kW will be available at launch, although Audi says 22 kW AC charging speeds will come later.Audi

That range figure comes from the generous WLTP test cycle, meaning the EPA figure will likely shift to 330 miles, which is still an impressive number. But it is not the charging speeds and power figures that make the battery under the Q6 e-tron so interesting. Rather, it is the combination of metals, made up of an 8:1:1 ratio of nickel, cobalt and manganese.

Audi claims that the improved battery technology is not only good for range, but also enables 30% higher energy density than previous generation batteries. Similarly, bank charging will also be possible on the new Q6 e-tron, splitting the 800-volt pack in half and charging the pieces separately to speed up the process.

Despite weighing more than 5,000 kilos, Audi remains committed to ensuring a sporty yet smooth ride on the Q6 e-tron. While this curb weight ensures that 95% of braking is energy regenerative, Audi engineers have also worked to fine-tune the suspension with the electric motors, ensuring the components are matched to each other.

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Axle-specific braking is now possible on the Q6 e-tron thanks to an Intelligent Brake System, similar to Torque Vectoring systems.Audi

For starters, Audi has redesigned the front steering system, eliminating rubber bushings and bolting the mechanical steering components to the subframe. Passive damping will be standard on the Q6 e-tron, although adaptive air suspension will be available on the SQ6 e-tron for a tunable feel. Both the tires and the electric motors are also installed in a staggered manner.

In concrete terms, Audi has integrated two electric motors of different sizes at the front and rear, which take up a total of 30% less space under the car. With an asynchronous motor on the front axle and a permanent magnet synchronous motor coupled to a single-speed gearbox at the rear, Audi says the torque distribution will be adjusted depending on surface conditions and has a rearward bias.

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Bang and Olufsen offers the optional upgrade for the stereo and sound system.Audi

At launch, both trim levels (Q6 e-tron and SQ6 e-tron) will be equipped with all-wheel drive, differing only in power, range, performance figures and price. Starting at $81,000 for the base model Q6 e-tron, the price rises to around $101,000 for the SQ6 e-tron (calculated based on European prices), with deliveries scheduled for summer 2024.

If these sticker prices are a little too high, you’ll be rewarded for a little patience, Audi says. That’s because the company plans to release a more affordable RWD version of the Q6 e-tron in 2025, equipped with an 83 kWh battery pack. Pricing and production specifications have yet to be revealed, but Audi says we can expect this model to arrive early next year.

In the Q6 e-tron, Audi focused on offering a gentle yet modern experience. By using soft-touch materials in the door and center console, Audi continues to rely on the glossy black material of the piano keys, which we could live without. Still, the combination of an 11.9-inch digital cockpit and a 14.5-inch infotainment screen keeps the interior looking fresh.

The announcement of the Q6 e-tron is rounded off with Audi’s unique production process. The electric motors will be built in Győr, Hungary, while final assembly will take place at Audi’s factory in Ingolstadt, Germany, with both facilities said to be net carbon neutral thanks to scrap steel and sustainable fabrics. Notably, this will be the first Audi EV to be built in Ingolstadt.

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