Audi reveals all-electric SUV to rival Tesla

Audi reveals all-electric SUV to rival Tesla

Audi's new all-electric vehicle will be in direct competition with the Tesla Model X. The Q6 fits into the company's range between the Q5 and the Q7, with the Q6 concept giving us an insight into the thinking behind the brand's first large series electric car.

The e-tron quattro is based on the company's MLB platform, which is also found in the Q7. It has a similar powertrain to the R8 e-tron; however, whereas the R8 has two motors, the Q6 will have one electric motor in the transmission and two in the rear axle.

The e-tron quattro SUV will have more power than the R8, which will come from a lithium-ion battery positioned in the chassis to give it a low centre of gravity. The company says that this will improve the driving response, making it a better performer than any other car in the segment. The battery will give the new Audi a range of more than 300 miles.

Naturally, with the car running on electricity, weight becomes a significant issue. This model has a chassis that is a combination of hot-formed steel, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic and aluminium. As yet it is not known whether the German luxury car manufacturer will use air-sprung or steel springs in the set-up.

The cabin will be similar to that of the A8 next-generation models, which means that it will have state-of-the-art infotainment features.

The Q6 e-tron should be in the showrooms in key global markets during the last six months of 2018.