Audi has been making steady progress over the past six months to increase its alternatively-fueled vehicle line-up, and now plans to add a new plug-in and a fuel cell vehicle to the list.
The current buzz surrounds Audi’s upcoming all-electric crossover, the Q6. A member of Audi’s board of management for Technical Development, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, first mentioned this crossover at the company’s annual meeting earlier this year.
Two other powertrains are now set to follow, according to Car and Driver, which reported that Audi plans to offer plug-in and fuel cell versions of the Q6 after the battery-electric is released.
A peek of the Q6 concept will debut later this year at the Frankfurt auto show, with deliveries of the all-electric Q6 scheduled to begin in 2018. No timeline has been announced for the other Q6 iterations.
Audi has yet to issue a formal press release on the electric Q6, but Hackenberg has made a few comments on the crossover’s styling and structure.
“The Q6 will come,” Hackenberg told Autocar last spring. “It will be something new, following designs established on the Prologue concept. It will be positioned as something more emotional and sportier than the Q7. The Q7 will be a car for seven people, the Q6 will be more coupe-like.”
During the company’s annual meeting in March, Hackenberg said Audi is developing the Q6 to deliver a 300-plus mile range.
“It will have a new, very attractive design, which we are developing especially for the e-tron range and for battery-electric vehicles,” Hackenberg elaborated. “This sports activity vehicle will be built on the second generation of the modular longitudinal platform (MLB 2) – our concept for optimal drivetrain diversity implementation. You will hear and see more of this before the end of the year.”