The newest 2018 Audi Q6 is a definition of style and class. While the Audi is a standout among auto manufacturers, there are several reasons the latest Audi SUV could be a show stopper. Great handling, exquisite styling, and performance are a few. All electric power could be another.
All 2018 Audi Q6 “sports activity vehicles” (as described by R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg) will ship to market with exclusive alternative powertrains. This is Audi’s first attempt to compete with Tesla and all the preliminary buzz indicates consumers are excited about its arrival.
2018 Audi Q6 – Attractive Sporty Look
The early indicators lean towards the Q6 having limited head space, but plenty of legroom. Remember, this is a crossover SUV, so space is at a premium. The leather will come as a standard option and the legendary MMI infotainment system Audi is known for will be a standard fixture.
The dash will feature stylish lighting and the signature Audi “virtual cockpit” backlit display. A battery performance indicator will also be part of the mix to keep the driver informed in real time. Sleek styling and plenty of other interior trim options will make the 2018 Audi Q6 as unique as the owner.
The exterior design and styling may look familiar and for good reason. The 2018 Audi Q6 is said to be styled after the 2014 Prologue Concept vehicle which made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Automobile Show. To that end, expect angular lights and sculpted doors, roof lines that swoop and sharp, angular grilles. It’s enough to get any luxury vehicle enthusiast excited. To add to the suspense, the Audi has purposefully released sparse imagery of the crossover coupe.
Engine and Performance
The 2018 Audi Q6 will feature an autonomous rich driving system much like you find in the Audi R8. The air suspension and extensive use of aluminum will also give Q6 passengers a soft, quite ride.
The performance aspects of the German manufactured crossover coupe will be largely dependent on the four electric motors assigned to each wheel. Early assessments suggest an output of the 445 hp. This will give the Q6 more than 500-foot pounds of torque, making it one of the fastest SUVs on the market. Not bad for an electric luxury crossover.
However, this is a preliminary number. The final horsepower output will be determined by comparing it against the Tesla Model X (Audi’s competition). Even so, a 100 kWh battery will power the vehicle and the driving range is expected to be just over 300 miles.
Expected Release and Price
Expect to find the 2018 Audi Q6 around the fall of this year. Pricing is expected to be in line with the Tesla X in order for the vehicle to remain competitive. If that is the case, the 2018 Audi Q6 should have an approximate base price of $70,000-$75,000. The Audi is one of the few auto manufacturers to compete with Tesla.