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New Audi Q6 e-tron SUV: price, specs and release date

Electric Audi Q5-sized SUV offers more range and faster charging than a Tesla Model Y

Audi’s EV offensive continues, and its latest release is the Q6 e-tron. The German brand’s third electric SUV is set to take on a broad sweep of rivals such as the Tesla Model Y, BMW iX3 and Lexus RZ, as well as the new electric Porsche Macan – with which the Audi Q6 e-tron will share its underpinnings.

Audi Q6 styling

The Q6 muscles into the space between the smaller Q4 e-tron and the larger, more upmarket Q8 e-tron SUVs. That’s clear in the styling, which boasts the same styling cues as its siblings – the faired-in grille (painted body colour here), the similar windowline shape to the Q4, and the black lower panels and rear full-width light bar that are borrowed from the Q8. The Q6 gets black grille surrounds, if you really want to play spot the difference.

Audi SQ6 e-tron driving rear

Audi says the Q6 offers a world first in lighting technology, with an ‘active digital light signature’ and customisable daytime running lights – thanks to 61 individual LED segments in each headlight, and eight design options. The taillights use OLED technology, and between them they have 360 unique light segments, with the picture changing every 10 milliseconds. They can also create a warning symbol visible to cars behind you, in the event of a hazard or collision. However, we wonder if other drivers will be distracted by this feature, and it’s best not to think about the potential cost of a replacement taillight if it gets damaged…

Audi Q6 interior

The Q6 boasts an all-new interior design, with two large screens combined in one curved bank ahead of the driver. There’s also a third screen in front of the passenger, which they can use to help with navigation, find a charging point nearby or stream movies – luckily, it features a privacy mode that shouldn’t distract the driver.

Audi Q6 e-tron interior

As you’d hope, Audi hasn’t just installed Apple CarPlay and called it a day. There’s an augmented head-up display, which appears to show important driving information on the road ahead of you, as well as a new voice assistant which uses AI technology. Capable of understanding more than 800 commands, the system can also proactively suggest navigation for regular routes or prompt you to call someone if you always call them at a set time.

The infotainment system now runs Android Automotive software, like the latest Volvos. It includes over-the-air updates, real-time navigation updates and an app store that includes music, video, gaming, navigation, parking and charging, productivity, weather, and news services.

Audi Q6 performance and electric range

At launch, you’ll be able to choose from a standard all-wheel-drive Q6 e-tron and a range-topping SQ6 e-tron with improved performance. Both have a 100kWh battery (95kWh of which is usable) and the regular Q6 achieves a maximum theoretical range of 381 miles from a full charge. That’s 50 miles more than a Tesla Model Y Long Range.

Audi Q6 e-tron headlight design
One of the many daytime running light designs available on the Audi Q6 e-tron

The Q6’s 270kW fast-charging capability is also marginally more than the Tesla offers. Plug in to a compatible charger and the Audi’s 800V architecture can regain 80% battery capacity in around 20 minutes.

Performance is equally strong – the standard Q6 e-tron accelerates from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds and on to a 130mph top speed, while the rapid SQ6 dispatches 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds when launch control is engaged and tops out at 142mph.

Audi Q6 e-tron tail-light with integrated warning
Tail-light warning feature – one of numerous tail-light designs available

Later on, there’ll be an entry-level rear-wheel-drive Q6, available with both a smaller battery and a more affordable price, and the larger battery for an even longer official range figure. We also understand that Audi may be working on an even faster RS Q6 e-tron.

On sale from 30 April, the Q6 range will start from £68,975, while the SQ6 will set you back at least £92,950. Full specifications are due to come when the car goes on sale.

Read our guides to the best electric 4x4s and the entire Audi model range, or browse our exciting used Audi cars for sale.