The Tesla Model X electric SUV is finally going to arrive this fall, but it may not be too long until other automakers release their own fully electric SUVs. Audi has already announced plans to introduce an electric SUV in 2018 and now the automaker has released a few teaser photos of the e-tron quattro concept that previews the new electric Q6 e-tron. The e-tron quattro concept is going to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Rather than using one of the existing Audi SUVs as the basis for the new electric SUV, Audi says that the Q6 e-tron has been designed from the ground up to be an electric car. Its shape has been designed to reduce drag as much as possible with a low coefficient of drag at 0.25, which Audi claims is a record for the SUV segment. Its lithium-ion battery has also been placed low underneath the passenger compartment to lower the center of gravity.
The electric powertrain is derived from the R8 e-tron sports car. It features three electric motors – one on the front axle and two on the rear axle. Audi expects the Q6 e-tron to have a driving range around 310 miles on a single charge.
Inside the concept has room for four passengers. It’s interior will feature numerous display screens for the main instrument cluster, HVAC controls and infotainment system. Although the Q6 e-tron is currently being billed as a fully-electric SUV, Audi may also offer a plug-in hybrid version as well.
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